Northburn Station ‘Bill’s Blend’ Central Otago 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 13-Jul-2013
Very full, dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some purple hues. The nose is very firm and concentrated with aromas of ripe black berry and cherry fruits entwined with notes of dark herbs, minerals and a hint of tar, revealing oak spices in the glass. Medium-full bodied, the black fruit flavours show good depth and sweetness, but are a little restrained. Firm, grainy tannins are the feature and provide serious structure and concentration to the palate, the acidity quite discreet in support. The brooding density unfolds to show notes of dark herbs, earth and tarry mineral interest. The mouthfeel has sternness and drive and leads to a long, dry, textured, black-fruited finish. This is a tightly packed, well-structured Pinot Noir with black fruits and mineral flavours that will benefit with time in bottle. Match with roasted and grilled red meat dishes over the next 6-8 years. Clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777, 10/5 and Abel from ‘Northburn Station’, hand-picked, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak. Winemaker: Michelle Richardson. 410 cases made. 17.5+/20 Jul 2013 RRP $30.00

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