Domain Road ‘Defiance’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 03-Oct-2018
Bright ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is a little restrained in expression, but with elegance of proportion, with harmoniously melded aromas of dark-red berry fruit, dark and dried herbs, subtle whole bunch stalk perfumes and some spices and red florals that emerge in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the palate has vibrantly sweet and luscious fruit flavours of dark red berry fruit with raspberry liqueur notes along with a subtle layering of dark herbs, whole bunch stalk elements and a little spice. The fruit is still youthfully fresh, and is supported by good, fine-grained tannin structure and fresh acidity enhancing the fruit richness. The flavours carry to a sustained finish. This is a sweetly rich and vibrantly luscious Pinot Noir with fresh dark raspberry fruit with subtle notes of dark herbs and whole bunch stalk detail on a palate with plenty of fine grip and freshness. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Defiance’ vineyard, fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 29 new French oak barriques. 18.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $65.00

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