Gibbston Valley ‘Le Maitre’ Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 09-Dec-2017
Very dark, purple hued black-red colour. The nose is initially restrained, but clearly very concentrated, unfolding harmonious layers of very complex aromas of savoury dark-red fruits with herbal detail and whole bunch interest. On palate, this has power, depth and concentration, layers of multi-dimensional complexities and really quite sophisticated. Considerable structure and great vitality. Simply outstanding wine. Hand-picked 10/5 clone fruit, from the original ‘Home Block’, Gibbston, vines up to 33 y.o., fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 12 barrels made. 19.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $100.00Full, dark ruby-red colour with black hues. The nose is full and deeply concentrated, packed with layers of complex dark red and black fruits harmoniously entwined with dark herbs and lifted violet floral nuances with subtle earthy elements. The aromatics are quite complete in expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate has powerful and intense flavours of black and dark-red cherry fruit melded with plum, dark herb and floral nuances. The fruit is rich and forms a well-concentrated driven line, with fine, grainy tannins in support, and balanced, integrated acidity. The palate possesses fruit richness and power, and the wine shows drive, energy and linearity, carrying to a densely packed, firm finish of black fruits, herbs and florals. This is a powerfully driven and intense black cherry and berry fruited Pinot Noir with fine tannin structure, and plenty of drive and length. Match with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 8-10 years. Hand-picked 10/5 clone fruit, from the original ‘Home Block’, Gibbston, vines up to 33 y.o., fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 30% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic. 12 barrels made. 19.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $100.00

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