Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 03-Feb-2014
Very full, deep, dark ruby-red, still youthful in appearance. The bouquet is full and densely packed with ripe dark red and black plum and berry aromas, earth and minerals, quite deep and robust, the fruit still the feature with vibrancy and secondary savoury nuances just appearing. On palate fulsome with an array of ripe fruits, dark herbs and earth with excellent concentration, and plenty of extract, but the textures moderated by sweet and succulent dark plum and berry fruit flavours. This has excellent freshness and acid cut, resulting in real finesse. An excellent and fresh 2009 with plenty of sweetness and vitality that will enable keeping 6+ years yet. 19.0/20 Jan 2014 Fruit from the ‘Doctors Flat' vineyard in Bannockburn. Clones 114, 115 and 777 approx. 21% whole bunch, wild yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine matured in one-third French oak for 12 months. Fullish, dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour with good depth. The bouquet is fine, intense and concentrated with dark red and black berry fruit aromas, along with a violetty floral lift and subtle oak spice. Medium full-bodied, this has a finely proportioned palate with tightly bound and concentrated black berry and cherry fruit flavours showing richness and lusciousness, nuanced by subtle floral and thyme-herb notes. The wine has very fine-grained tannin extraction and excellent acidity, resulting in finesse, freshness and excellent line and length. An archetype Bannockburn Pinot Noir style with intensity and fine structure to match Asian and Middle Eastern duck, pork and lamb dishes over 6-8+ years. 19.0-/20 Aug 2011 RRP $44.00

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