Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 25-Jul-2014
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on edge. The nose is full, softly presented with harmonious and seamlessly interwoven bright, fresh dark red berry and cherry fruit, piquant red florals and thyme herbs, forming an attractively aromatic and lifted amalgam. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is initially restrained, but opens evenly to reveal integrated flavours of sweetly ripe dark red berry fruit, dark red florals and lifted thyme herb notes. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, powdery tannins and fresh, enlivening, lacy acidity. The mouthfeel is very refined in texture, and the palate has energy, tension and drive, carrying the wine to a very long, lingering sweet-fruited finish. This is a very elegant, vibrant, aromatically bright, red cherry fruited Pinot Noir with very fine extraction and body. Match with pork, beef and lamb over the next 7-8+ years. Older vines, clones 5, 6, 10/5, and newer plantings, clones 113, 115, 667 and 777 from a number of Bannockburn sites, two-thirds of the fruit fully destemmed, with one-third retaining 20-35% whole bunches, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in oak. 18.5+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $44.95

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