Explorer Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 31-Oct-2011
A second label for Surveyor Thomson, predominantly Pommard and Dijon clone fruit from the estate vineyard in Lowburn, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 30% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 15% new French oak barriques. Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, full and youthful. The nose is elegantly presented, but with intensity, showing dark cherry-berrry aromas with hints of liquorice, plums and spicy oak, as well as dark earth and mineral nuances. Medium-bodied, the racy acidity is prominent, enlivening the ripe dark berry and plum fruit flavours. Asian spice and oak elements are interwoven, adding extra interest. The palate has supple tannins and a smooth mouthfeel, cut by crisp acidity, leading to a sustained finish with dark earthy notes. A flavoursome, ripe and spicy wine with zestiness to match with Asian and Middle Eastern red meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. 17.0+/20 Oct 2011 RRP $24.50

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