Johner Estate ‘Reserve’ Gladstone Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 21-Apr-2014
Clone 115 and 5 from the oldest vines, ungrafted, on the estate, indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole cluster to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins and aged 12 months in 90% new French oak barrels. Moderately full, dark ruby-red colour, lighter on edge. This has a full and fragrant nose with softly packed aromas of savoury dark red berry fruit and black plums, and violet florals unfolding harmonious layers of savoury herbs, nutty and spicy new oak. The bouquet builds in density and interest in the glass. Medium-full bodied, a strong core of sweet, lush and fleshy berry and plum fruit is enhanced by spicy new oak. The mouthfeel is bright and vibrant from the rich fruit, with supple tannin extraction in support and providing soft, building rounded textures. Density, concentration and depth become prominent, carrying the sweet and savoury fruit, and oak elements to a long, soft finish. This is a plush and densely packed Pinot Noir with sweet fruit with layers of interest and spicy new oak. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 5-6 years. 18.0+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $50.00

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