Hawkshead Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 14-Jun-2014
Dijon clones 114, 115 and 777, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in one-third new French oak. Full, even, dark ruby-red colour. This has a firm, deeply packed and voluminous bouquet with ripe black berried fruits, along with fragrant florals, plum jam and spice notes, lifted by a touch of volatility. On palate a big and fulsome wine, with deep and concentrated black berry and plum fruit. The mouthfeel features a firm line and structure, marked by plenty of fine-grained tannin extraction. The wine is bold and up-front, the grip carrying the rich flavours to a strong finish. 18.5-/20 Jun 2014 Dark ruby-red colour with depth, and some lighter garnet hues on rim. The bouquet is very aromatic with flowing fragrant red berry fruits entwined with red florals, nuances of earth, building to show spicy oak and cedar. Medium-full bodied, a melange of soft red fruits and dark berries and plums unfold with layers of earth, brown spices and oak with cedar elements. The flavours are rich and supported by very fine-grained tannins that grow in stature, resulting in a dense and concentrated palate core. There is good acid tension underlining the mouthfeel and textures, and carry the flavours to a very ling, nuanced finish. This is a very fine-grained Pinot Noir with waves of flavour and noticeable oaking that builds in mouthfeel and weight. Match with Middle Eastern and Mediteranean fare, lamb and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-9 years. Dijon clone 114, 115 and 777 fruit from a single Bannockburn vineyard, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in one-third new French oak. Winemaker: Steve Davies 18.5-/20 Jun 2013 RRP $45.0

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