Gibbston Valley ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 06-Aug-2014
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is powerful and intense with rich, ripe sweet, black and dark red berryfruits and plums, the aromatics quite primary and youthful, unfolding dark spiced plums and sweet lifted oak. The nose grows in volume and depth, building in concentration and breadth to become quite complete. Medium-full bodied, rich, plush and ripe flavours unfold in layers of sweetness showing an array of red and black berries and plums. Savoury spices and sweet oak add to the luscious detail and opulent interest, the flavours balanced and harmoniously integrated with ripe tannin structure. The extraction is significant, but melded with the fruit, and a fine-grained, textural backbone carries the wine to a very long, sustained lush finish. This is a rich and opulently fruited Pinot Noir with fine, harmonious structure. Serve with Middle Eastern lamb and game meat dishes over the next 7-9+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 6, 114 and 115, femented with 11% whole bunch to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 45% new oak with a further 6 months in seasoned barrel. 19.5-/20 Aug 2014 RRP $120.00

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