Stafford Rd Reserve Pinot Noir 2009, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 23-Mar-2021
Deep garnet with a ruby-red core, clear with moderate transparency, lighter garnet rim. The nose is gracefully developed and expressive, softly full aromas of medicinal herbs, iodine melded with game, leather, wet leaves, forest floor underlined maraschino cherries and liquorice backbone. Medium-full bodied, elegantly presented with alcohol power, complexing nuances of dried and maraschino cherries, interweaved dried flower, dried thyme, game, forest floor; unfolding black pepper, liquorice and star anise spices. The flavours are with strength and complexity from ageing; spices linger on the finish with integrated lacy acidity and savoury, gamey elements. Powdery tannin hangs on the palate with a good grip, flows with strength and intensity to a lengthy finish. This is a gracefully developed Pinot Noir with complex details, power and strength. Match with pulled lamb shoulder, duck casserole over the next 3 years. Fruit from vineyards at the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn, cold soaked, fermented with a portion of whole clusters to 14% alc, aged in French oak for 11 months, 33% new oak. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Mar 2021

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