Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 06-Aug-2014
667 clone fruit from the ‘China Terrace’ vineyard at 300-350 m.a.s.l., fermented with a small proportion of whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine spending over 30 days on skins and aged 10 months in 60% new oak. Dark ruby-red colour with good depth, lighter on edge with a little garnet. The bouquet is full, solid and densely packed with aromas of ripe dark red berry fruit and plums, opening to show liquorice, aromatic spices and perfumed dark red and black floral notes. Medium-full bodied, densely packed, but plush and sweet black and dark red fruit flavours are the feature, with subtle whole bunch savoury stalky complexities and spice nuances adding subtle detail. The mouthfeel is succulent, with fine-grained tannins underlying the fruit, and discreet acidity enhances the energy and flow. The wine carries through to a very long and sustained finish with sweet and rich fruit notes. This is a full, rich and plush, succulent black-fruited Pinot Noir with refined structure. Match with roasted duck, pork, lamb or beef dishes over the next 6-8+ years. 19.5/20 Aug 2014 RRP $58.00

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