Prophet’s Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 27-Mar-2014
Very full, very dark, black-hued red with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is very full and solidly packed, unfolding interwoven layers of black and dark red berry fruits, with floral perfumes and a subtle dried herb and savoury, gamey underlay suggesting whole clusters. Full-bodied, the fruit is initially restrained, but blossoms to show an array of ripe, dark red and black berry fruits intermixed with black cherries and plums, along with dried herbs and savoury game nuances. This is fulsome, weighty and mouthfilling, with a smooth, integrated mouthfeel and texture. The tannins are very fine-grained and supple, but there is significant extract and structure. The fruit sweetness prevails and carries the palate to a long, succulently sweet finish. This is a fulsome and solid wine with integrated black fruit flavours and mouthfeel. Match with pork, beef and lamb dishes over the next 6+ years. Clones 5, 114, 115, 667 and 777 fruit from the Bendigo vineyard, hand-picked, 95% destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with a high proportion of whole berries to 13.9% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 35% new French oak. 502 cases made. 18.5/20 Mar 2014 RRP $47.50

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