Georges Road ‘Williams Hill’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Canterbury & Waipara
Review Date : 31-May-2012
Clones 5, 115, 667 and 777 from ‘Williams Hill' vineyard on Blacks Avenue, the fruit fully destemmed but not crushed, ambient soaked and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.9% alc., the wine given 35 days on skins. The wine was aged 12 months in 2 and 3 y.o. French oak barrels. Dark, deep ruby-red colour with good depth. The bouquet is elegant and well-proportioned showing bright red berry fruit aromas, with nuances of dried herbs and mushrooms adding some interest. Medium-bodied, this has fresh red berry fruit flavours intermixed with mushroom and spicy herb notes underlined by fine grainy tannins and fresh, near-racy acidity. The palate has a fine, sinewy texture and line, with moderate depth. The fruit unfolds to reveal good richness and sweetness that leads to an attractive, long finish of sweet red florals and delicate spiciness. This is an elegant, cooler-spectrum, textured Pinot Noir that reveals a pretty lusciousness in the glass. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years. 17.5-/20 May 2012 RRP $26.50

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