Northburn Station ‘Bill’s Blend’ Central Otago 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 13-Jul-2013
Clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 10/5 and Abel from ‘Northburn Station’, hand-picked, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak. Winemaker: Michelle Richardson. Lightish ruby-red colour with some garnet hues, lighter on rim. The bouquet is soft and mellow with ethereal aromas of soft red berry fruits, red florals, underlined by dried herbs, minerals, and harmoniously interwoven with oak cedar elements. Medium-bodied, the fruit flavours are a little subdued, showing softly spiced, red berry fruit flavours along with cedary oak notes with some richness. The mouthfeel is open with supple tannins and soft acidity. A little alcohol warmth adds to the drive, leading to a gently lush, red fruited, cedary finish. This is a soft-textured, accessible red-fruited Pinot Noir with spicy interest. Serve with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 4-5+ years. 514 cases made. 17.5/20 Jul 2013 RRP $30.00

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