Hawkshead Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 19-Jan-2012
Dijon clones 114, 115 and 777 from a Bannockburn site, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 33% new French oak and given a further 5 months aging in old oak. Steve Davies the winemaker. Very dark, deep, black-hued purple red, full and densely coloured. The bouquet is a little restrained initially, but reveals a concentrated core of ripe black cherry and berry fruits with dark plum, spice and liquorice, as well as violet hints. Medium-full bodied, the ripe dark fruit flavours are rich, juicy and mouthfilling and backed by fine, firm tannin extract, the wine well-structured. Layers of spices, liquorice and dark herbs emerge. Good underlying acidity provides tension and freshness for balance. This is a big, ripe and rich wine with matching structure, making a serious and ageworthy wine to keep 6-8 years. Match with beef, lamb and venison. 18.5/20 Jan 2012 RRP $45.00

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