Hawkshead Private Blend Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 28-Apr-2021
Moderate ruby-red, youthful, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and fragranced, slowly penetrating nuances of rich floral, sweet red cherries, pomegranate, intermix earth, subtle spices and a hint of game. Medium-light bodied, a very delicate and creamy mouthfeel filled with aromas of red cherries, pomegranate persists with dusty cinnamon and pepper; subtle earth and a hint of game enriched the palate. Supple and ethereal silky tannin gilded through the palate with mouthwatering acidity, linger to an elegant, spice-filled closing. This is a youthful, sleek Pinot Noir with red fruit and delicate details, will benefit from short term ageing in the bottle. Match with pork belly and tuna steak over the next 5-7 years. Fruit sourced from 52% Gibbston, 26% Cromwell Basin, 22% Alexandra; clones 114 (2%), Abel (50%) and 667 (48%), handpicked, 26 days skin contact, early MLF, 12.5% alc. Then aged in French oak barrels for 10 months (15.5% new oak), no fining. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Apr 2021 RRP $44

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