Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 28-Jun-2013
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with some purple hues on rim. The bouquet is elegant and tightly bound with lifted soft red berry fruit and dark plum aromas at the core along with savoury red florals and nuances of minerals. Medium-full bodied, the brightness and liveliness of dark red berry fruit and florals is the feature. Dark plum, dried herb and earthy spices emerge in the glass, offering layers of interest. The mouthfeel is juicy and racy with excellent vitality and acid tension, and the palate is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction. This is well-proportioned and the flavours carry through to a very long lifted and nuanced finish. A little tight on bouquet, this is a fresh, lively and sweet, red-fruited Pinot Noir with the structure to age 5-6 years. Serve with poultry and pork. Pinot Noir clones, predominantly 5, 6 and 10/5 with 113, 115, 667 and 777 from different sites in Bannockburn, mainly destemmed, with one-third containing 16-30% whole bunches, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 16-20 days on skins and aged 12 months in barrel. 18.0/20 Jun 2013 RRP $44.99

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