Misha’s Vineyard Verismo Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 24-Jun-2020
Deep, medium ruby-red with a slight brick-red hue, faintly lighter on the rim. The bouquet is powerful and sophisticated with delicate floral fragrances; developed and mellowed, lightly cooked red fruit with concentration; entwined with aromas of game, savoury mushroom, dark soy and earthy minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate is complex and elegant, flavours of red cherries and strawberry preserves melded with savoury mushrooms, dark herbs, and spices; along with an unobtrusive layer of gamey notes with an underlay of earth minerals. Preserved red fruit still has its youth, balanced by graceful acidity, flows with finesse; supported by velvety fine-grained tannin and alcohol power, it carries spices and an attractive savouriness throughout the palate, leaves a comforting and satisfying pleasure. This is a complex and elegant Pinot Noir, a pre-aged new release with power and grace. Match with slow-cooked lamb and game over the next 3-4 years. Handpicked, fermented in open-top fermenters to 14% alc. Selected barrels, aged in French oak barrels for 17 months, 16% new oak. 19-/20pts June 2020 RRP $75

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