Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 12-Oct-2020
Deep, ruby-red with a black hue and some transparency, lighter on edge. The bouquet is concentrated, gently penetrating aromas of dried Bing cherries, plums, entwined with complexing savouriness, liquorice, forest herbs and dried florals. Medium-full bodied, red plums, dried Bing cherries have a good core, interwoven spices, along with liquorice, dried herbs and florals are well-proportioned; savoury developments, forest floor nuances unfolded as it aerated. The wine has great intensity of flavours and balance; the almost sour fruit is lively and buoyant, with brilliant concentration. Integrated oak contributed to a spicy palate and silky tannin mouthfeel. This is an age-worthy Pinot Noir with concentrated aromas of plums, dried Bing cherries and complex interests on a silky fine tannin palate. Match with cured venison and lamb loin over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from Earnscleugh vineyard, one of the world's southernmost vineyards, planted in 2003. Fermented to 13% alc, aged in French oak barriques for 10 months, 28% new oak. 19/20 pts Oct 2020 RRP $40

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