Fancrest Estate ‘Di’s’ Waiprara Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 26-Oct-2011
The third crop from 6 y.o. vines from the ‘Fancrest' site, 100% destemmed and wild yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., then aged 6 months in 60% new French oak barriques. Following a fire at the winery where the barrels were stored, 2000 L of the wine was retrieved unaffected and given further maturation in small CP tanks. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with light purple hues on the edge, the aromatics of ripe dark berries and cherries are a little shy. Subtle Asian spice notes with oak and a fresh lift mark the nose, which is tightly bound, but promises to unfold. Medium-bodied, the black fruit flavours are tight, concentrated and show depth and intensity. Cherries, berries spices and dark red florals show, and fine-grained tannins provide support and palate structure. The wine is poised with focus and tension and a long, sustained finish of spices and ripe fruits. This elegant and vibrantly fruited wine shows the potential to unfold over the next 5-7+ years, when it will no doubt merit an even higher rating. Serve with poultry and pork. 18.0+/20 Oct 2011 RRP $39.00

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