Grasshopper Rock ‘Block 6’ ‘Earnscleugh Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 08-Nov-2016
Bright, even ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the edge with hints of garnet. The nose is soft, very elegantly proportioned and refined in expression with a fine and tightly bound core of dark-red cherry fruit harmoniously entwined with an array of dark-red florals, nuances of thyme herbs and mineral detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate is refined and restrained with a concentrated heart of dark-red cherry and berry fruit intermixed with red floral and mineral notes. The flavours are harmoniously integrated. The wine has considerable fruit extract, the tannins fine-grained and flowery, with balanced acidity. The wine flows smoothly to a long, lingering finish with stylishly restrained flavours of cherries, herbs, florals and minerals. This is a beautifully harmonious and complete, integrated Pinot Noir with restrained dark-red berry fruits, considerable fine-grained structure, weight and excellent finesse and balance. Match with lamb, beef, venison and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Clones 667, 115 and 114 from vines planted in 2003, the fruit destemmed and fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 13 months in one-third new French oak barriques. Three barrels made. 19.0/20 Nov 2016 RRP $TBA

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