Heart of Gold Gisborne St Laurent 2009

Other Red from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 07-Apr-2012
100% St Laurent, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 7 months in French oak, 20% new equivalence. Very dark ruby-red with slight purple hues, the bouquet is very aromatic with lifted floral perfumes of violets, dark berry fruits and savoury jam with hints of earth. Medium-bodied, the flavours of wild berry fruits, spice, pepper and savoury earth are restrained, but show with a luscious richness. The tannins extraction is moderate and along with the soft acidity, this is becoming integrated, the textures being smooth and supple. There is depth with some concentration at the core, and this leads to a subtle finish with flavours of spicy, savoury red fruits. This aromatic red wine with savoury red fruits, spice and pepper flavours is becoming well-integrated. Match with Middle Eastern poultry, pork and lamb dishes over the next 3-4 years. 75 cases made. 17.5-/20 Apr 2012 RRP $28.95 This Austrian red variety pairs the Gruner Veltliner in the range. It has appeared in Central Otago already, and its Pinot Noir part parentage is a favourable factor. This was made in Pinot Noir fashion: 100% destemmed, indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., and aged 7 months in French oak, 20% new equivalent. Medium deep ruby red in colour. This has an intense bouquet of spicy, wild red berry fruits, very aromatic, with a little lift adding to the interest. Medium weighted, the bright and spicy red berry fruits and vibrancy from acidity are the feature. Soft, low-impact tannins support the boldness of the fruit lusciousness. The Pinot Noir heritage is obvious. Drink over the next 3-4 years. 75 cases made. 17.5+/20 Oct 2010 RRP $28.95 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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