Johner Estate ‘Reserve’ Gladstone Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 20-Sep-2013
Fruit from the oldest vines, clones 114, 115, 667, 7778 and 5, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 4 weeks on skins and aged 12 months in 100% new French oak. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on rim. The nose is restrained and shy, with a tight core of dark red berry fruits, subtle dark and dried herb nuances with a thread of mushroomy interest and aromatic oak lift. Medium-full bodied, a refined amalgam of savoury red berry fruits, dark herbs, undergrowth and earthy flavours is gently lifted with new oak spiciness. The flavours show a refined lusciousness and richness alongside fine-textured, silky tannins and discreet acidity providing tension and liveliness. The palate is harmoniously integrated and balanced and flows with precision and focus, revealing mushroom, brown spice and toasy elements on a crisp, dry and lacy, sustained finish. This is a smooth, seamless and precise Pinot Noir with balanced, rich, savoury fruit and oak flavours. Serve with slow-cooked game dishes and semi hard cheeses over the next 6+ years. 18.0/20 Sep 2013 RRP $54.00

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