Lowburn Ferry ‘Skeleton Creek’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 29-Sep-2014
58% Abel clone fruit from the ‘Lowburn Ferry’ vineyard blended with 42% fruit from the ‘Avalon’ vineyard, Queensberry, the Abel clone aged 10 months in 11% new French oak, the ‘Avalon’ fruit in 18% new oak, and the wine fermented to 14.0% alc. Full, very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is brash and bold with firm and intense aromas of ripe dark raspberry and boysenberry fruits intermixed with black plums, dark herbs and stalky elements. This has power and density to the aromatics. Medium-full bodied, bold and up-front flavours of dark raspberries plums, boysenberries and herbs are underlined by a firm, grainy tannin core and brisk, racy acidity. The mouthfeel is robust and vigorous, and the palate unfolds earth and game nuances with aeration. The structure and acidity carries the wine to a long, granular, dry-textured finish. This is a bold and firmly structured Pinot Noir with dark raspberry fruit and complexing herb and stalky flavours. Match with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-7 years. 18.5-/20 Sep 2014 RRP $45.00

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