Johner Estate ‘Reserve’ Gladstone Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 22-Sep-2014
Clones 667, 777, 114, 115, 5 and Abel from the oldest vines in the ‘Johner’ vineyard,, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 35% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending approx. 2 weeks on skins post ferment and aged in 60% new French oak. Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is full with bold and opulently vibrant aromas of ripe dark berry fruit and plums at the core, with complexing nuances of raspberry liqueur and liquorice, lifted with dark red florals and subtle savoury whole bunch perfumes. Full-bodied, tightly concentrated, ripe and near opulent flavours of dark raspberries and plums form a concentrated heart, revealing complexing, aromatic florals and savour dark herb nuances with aeration. The fruit richness is integrated with balanced oak lift, ripe, fine-grained tannins and underlined by some alcoholic power and drive. The wine flows with energy and refined acid liveliness to a long and sustained, fruity finish. This is a rich and harmoniously balanced Pinot Noir with fine structure vitality and power. Match with slow-cooked game meat over the next 6-8+ years. 19.0-/20 Sep 2014 RRP $50.00

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