Johner Estate Gladstone Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 26-Feb-2013
The second bottling of this wine. Lot 0110gd. Fruit from the home ‘Johner' vineyard fermented to 14.0% alc. with 10% whole bunch, the wine spending 2 weeks on skins and aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on rim. This has a lively, vibrant and fresh bouquet with dark red berry fruits along with red floral perfumes and fresh herbal interest, along with earth and smoky nuances harmoniously entwined. Medium-full bodied, vibrant and full-flavours of dark red berry fruits show with dark, savoury, sappy herbs, game and smoky oak. Fine, supple tannins provide structure and balance, and the palate is enlivened by crisp acidity, carrying the flavours to a moderately long, red berry fruited, game and smoke nuanced finish. This is a flavoursome and lively Pinot Noir with dark berry fruit, and herb and smoky interest. Match with herb-marinated wild pork and duck dishes over the next 5-6 years. 17.5/20 Feb 2013 RRP $34.00 Deep, garnet-hued ruby-red colour with a dark heart. The bouquet is full, firm and densely packed with lifted aromas of savoury red berry fruits and secondary dried herb and dark red floral notes. Medium-full bodied, lusciously rich, dark red floral, soft red berry fruit and savoury undergrowth flavours are enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity. This is juicy and energetic, with fine, grainy tannins providing good depth and textural line. Dried herb and mushroomy notes emerge and lead to a dry, firm finish with crisp acidity adding to the length. This is a lush and well-structured Pinot Noir showing some secondary savoury flavours. Match with mushroom-influenced dishes including risotto, pasta and pork over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Johner' vineyard fermented to 14.0% alc. with 10% whole bunch, the wine spending 2 weeks on skins and aged 12 months in 30% new oak barrels. 17.5/20 Oct 2012 RRP $34.00

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