Rockburn ‘Seven Barrels’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 15-Feb-2018
Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose is softly full and ethereal, unfolding to show voluminous aromas of savoury red cherry and berry fruits with red florals intermingling with a layering of dried herbs. This has subtle nuances of nutty oak, spices and earth. The aromatics are beautifully detailed. Medium-full bodied, the palate has mouthfilling flavours of sweetly rich, savoury dark-red cherry fruit harmoniously entwined with dried herbs, spices, earth and undergrowth elements. The fruit is vibrant and lively, forming a concentrated heart, and is underlined by plenty of fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction lending structure and grip. The acidity is soft and integrated, and the wine flows positively to a long, lingering, savoury finish. This is a rich, mouthfilling Pinot Noir with ethereal savoury red fruits complexed by a layering of dried herbs, earth and undergrowth, on a substantially extracted, fine-grained palate. Match with slow-cooked game meats and casseroles over the next 7-8+ years. Clones 5 and 6 fruit from the ‘Gibbston Back Road’ vineyard, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins for 22 days and aged 13 months in 28.6% new French oak. 155 dozen and 150 magnums made. 19.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $97.00

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