Kingsmill ‘Tippet’s Dam’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 19-Aug-2014
Clones 10/5, 5, 777, 115, 113 and 13, given a cold soak and fermented with 20% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 2 weeks on skins and aged in barrel for 9 months, blended and given another 6 months in neutral barrels. Dark hearted black-red colour with lighter garnet hues on rim. This has a firm and tightly concentrated bouquet with intense aromas of earthy black cherry and red berry fruits, entwined with savoury whole bunch dried stalk complexities, and intermixed with some secondary undergrowth elements. Nuances of dark herbs and minerals unfold with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a tightly packed and dense core of savoury black cherry and dark red berry fruit with layers of whole bunch stalk, herb and earthy notes. The fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannins and bright, lively acidity lending the mouthfeel good vitality. The tannins become sinewy and drying, leading to a spicy, dried herb and black-fruited finish that lingers. This is a grainy and sinewy, dry, black-fruited Pinot Noir with layers of savoury interest. Match with wild duck, pork and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. 18.0/20 Aug 2014 RRP $35.00

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