Fern Hill Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 31-Mar-2021
Moderately deep garnet with a ruby-red core, clear with good transparency, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and fragrant, developed aromas of dried hibiscus, medicinal herbs, intermix savoury earth, dried cherries, plums underlying gamey development. Medium-full bodied, an excellent intensity of semi-dried cherries, plums intermix savoury earth, game, dried hibiscus and baking spices. The wine is finely structured with fine-grained tannin extractions and coated the palate with a velvety, youthful grip, round and comforting. A mouthwatering acid line shows vitality, flow with aromatic spices to a sustained finish. This is a developed and elegant Pinot Noir with pretty and youthful details on a velvety palate. Match with wild boar and five-spice roasted duck over the next 5 years. Fruit from vineyards at the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn, cold soaked, fermented with a portion of whole clusters to 13.5% alc, aged in French oak barriques for approx 11 months, 30% new oak. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Mar 2021

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