Domain Road Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 20-Aug-2020
Bright, ruby-red with some depth, very slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and poises with well-proportioned nuances of wild thyme, deep florals, minerals along with red berries and black cherries. Medium-full bodied, dark herbs, tree bark, savouriness has taken its centre, unfolding toasty oak, tobacco, cherries and subtle spices on the finish. The palate is savoury and dry, an ample extraction of fine-grained tannin is silky, coating the palate with a fragrant Pu-er tea scent and feel. The fruit is ripe and has good intensity; lacy acidity provides balance and lifts the mouthfeel with some brightness. Youthful in appearance with a prominent tannin structure will benefit from further ageing or decanting when served. Handpicked, destemmed, fermented in stainless steel tanks to 13.5% alc. Aged in French oak barriques for 10 months, 27% new. 18/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $40

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