Gibbston Valley ‘School House’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 06-Aug-2014
Very full, near saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a very tightly concentrated nose of ripe, black cherry and black berry fruits, along with black minerals and lifted violet perfumes, unfolding nuances of tar and ripe jam nuances, then whole cluster savoury stalk and dried herb complexities. Medium-full bodied, fulsome, fine-grained and powdery tannins form a strong robust structure, encasing an amalgam of savoury dark red berry fruit, whole cluster dried herb and stalk flavours. This has great density, depth and mouthfeel with background acidity enhancing the fruit sweetness and vitality. The palate has real drive and power. The firm tannin grip and extraction carries through to a very long, dry, textured finish. This is a rich, fulsome and highly extracted, fine-featured Pinot Noir with complex savoury flavours. Match with slow-cooked game meats over the next 8-10 years. Clones 667, 114, 6, 777 and 115 from the ‘School House’ vineyard, fermented with 28% whole cluster to 13.7% alc., the wine aged in 33% new oak. 19.0-/20 Aug 2014 RRP $58.00

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