Q Wine Pinot Noir 2018, Waitaki Valley

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 24-Aug-2020
Bright, light ruby-red with some depth, faintly lighter on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly-full, nuances of red fruit, fragrances of deep floral, along with dark herbs, delicate spices, underlying crunchy minerals. Medium-bodied, red cherries, black plums, along with dark herbs of thyme, oregano, violet, unfolding bitter orange, black pepper and nutmeg. The fruit has good concentration and weight, riper on the palate than the bouquet, the intensity of fruit complementing dark herbs and bitter orange element, gives it richness. Fine-grained tannin extraction is silky, has an elegant presence on the mouthfeel. Balanced acidity, smooth-flowing, carries aromas with strength to linearity. This is an elegant Waitaki Pinot Noir with pretty floral fragrances, red and black cherries, along with dark herbs on a smooth textured fine-grained tannin palate. Match with duck and lamb loin over the next 3-5 years. Fermented to 14% alc, aged in French oak for 10 months, 30% new. 500 cases produced. 18.5-/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $58

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