Flying Sheep Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 20-Aug-2014
50% hand-picked fruit, the fruit given a cold soak and fermented to 13.0% alc. the wine spending up to 25 days on skins, 45% aged in new French oak, 20% in seasoned oak and 35% in tank for 9 months. Moderately deep, ruby-garnet colour with some bricking on edge. This has a soft, full bouquet, open with savoury soft red fruit aromas integrated with subtle dried herb, mushroom and undergrowth elements. Medium-bodied, forward flavours of soft red fruits, mushrooms, undergrowth and dried herbs feature on a very soft, mellow and integrated palate. The tannin extraction is modest an supple and oaking very subtle. The fruit has a juiciness, enlivened by lacy acidity, and flows smoothly and seamlessly to a soft, gentle finish. This is a smooth and soft Pinot Noir that is showing savoury, mushroomy maturity. Serve with Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3+ years. 500 cases made. 16.5+/20 Nov 2012 RRP $29.99

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