Quartz Reef ‘Bendigo Estate – Single Ferment’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 09-Dec-2017
Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red, with black tints. The nose is full and voluminous with great depth of rich and ripe black-berried fruits, dark herbs and whole bunch inputs, along with nutty oak and iron-earth minerals and liquorice suggestions. This has immense depth. Remarkably rich, fulsome and complex on palate, with sweet and opulent fruit with layers of savoury, balancing complexity, with matching structure. The wine has acid vitality and multi-dimensional in its presentation. A single ferment, named ‘Titi’, selected to best express the ‘Bendigo Estate’ vineyard. Hand-picked 115 clone fruit, from the mid-section of the vineyard, vines 16 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 16% new oak. Certified Demeter biodynamic. 125 dozen made. 19.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $85.00Even ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little paler on the edge. This has a powerfully concentrated and bold nose with aromas of ripe black cherry and berry fruits along with subtle notes of dark herbs and black mineral elements, unfolding violet and black-red florals. This has considerable depth, concentration ad intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant, mouthfilling flavours of ripe black berries and blackberry fruit entwined with dark herbs and complexing whole bunch stalk notes, and mineral nuances. The fruit is deeply packed, but exudes sweetness and richness, filling the palate with breadth. The fruit sweetness is balanced by plenty of fine-grained tannins and structure, with integrated acidity. The wine has real drive, leading to a long and sustained finish blossoming in flavour and richness. This is a very powerfully concentrated and richly mouthfilling, black-fruited Pinot Noir with plenty of structure and balancing grip. Match with casseroles, slow-cooked game meat dishes and semi-hard cheeses over the next 10 years. A single ferment, named ‘Titi’, selected to best express the ‘Bendigo Estate’ vineyard. Hand-picked 115 clone fruit, from the mid-section of the vineyard, vines 16 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented with 20% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 16% new oak. Certified Demeter biodynamic. 125 dozen made. 19.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $85.00

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