Desert Heart ‘Paint it Black’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 17-Oct-2016
Moderately dark red colour with garnet hues and showing some bricking on the rim. The bouquet is full and deep with bold and solid aromas of rich, savoury dark-red berry fruit overlaid by complexing layers of game, dried herbs, mushrooms and undergrowth, the aromatics in the secondary development spectrum with tertiary notes appearing. Medium-full bodied, this has a fulsome and rounded palate with sweetly ripened and lush flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruits entwined with dried herbs, game, undergrowth and mushrooms. The mouthfeel is rich and lush, revealing sweet plum and liquorice notes and slight cedar suggestions, and is balanced by fine, grainy extraction and structure, the acidity quite integrated, but providing energy. This has drive and power that carries the wine to a fine-textured finish with ethereal game, undergrowth and cedary layers. This is a rich, juicy, sweet fruited Pinot Noir with complexing secondary and tertiary development on a fine, grainy palate with plenty of drive. Match with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from a selected parcel known as the ‘Beagle Block’, named after Jane Gill’s brother, in the ‘Desert Heart’ vineyard. Predominantly clone 115 with some 667, fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged one year in 33% new French oak. Winemaker: Alan Brady. 19.0-/20 Oct 2016 RRP $75.00 Cellar Door Only Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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