Rockburn The Art Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 11-Nov-2020
Dark, ruby-red with a purple hue and some depth, lighter on edge. The nose is softly-full, with good depth and intensity of cherries, blackberries, along with fresh thyme and black liquorice, follow by dusty cinnamon and black pepper. The aromas are well in proportioned and in harmony, subtle savoury detail unfolds as it aerated. Medium-bodied, the palate is opulent, aromas of cherries, blackberries and a hint of black Doris plums have an elegant core, unveiling fresh thyme, black pepper and an amalgam of oak spices, followed by violet fragrances. The palate has an ethereal velvety fine-grained tannin extraction, linger with spices and a refined grip. Well-integrated lacy acidity carries the wine with good energy to silky linearity. This is an age-worthy Pinot Noir with immediate appeal, multilayers and harmonious flavours with clarity and intensity. Match with tea-smoked duck and sugar-cured venison over the next 6-8 years. Pinot Noir clones 667, 777 and 5 from the Dunstan Foothills. 21% whole bunch, fermented to 14% alc, aged in French oak barrels for 14 months, 56% new oak. 19.5/20 pts (98 pts) Nov 2020 RRP $96

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