Surveyor Thomson ‘Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 19-Aug-2014
Moderately deep, dark garnet-red colour, lighter on rim. This has a soft, rich and aromatically lifted bouquet with an array of savoury red berry fruits intermingling with dried herb, mushroom and game notes showing whole cluster inclusion and some complexing secondary development. Medium-full bodied, complex flavours of savoury red fruits, dried herbs, undergrowth and game are the feature on the palate. The mouthfeel is bright, juicy and lively from fresh, lacy acidity, and the flavours are supported by fine, grainy tannin extraction and structure. The palate has drive, with good power and line, carrying the savoury flavours to a dry-textured, long, lingering finish. This is a grainy, sinewy Pinot Noir with complex secondary and whole bunch flavours and a fresh, lively mouthfeel. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 5+ years. Pommard and Dijon clone fruit from the ‘Surveyor Thomson' site at Lowburn, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with less than 20% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending approx. 25 days on skins and aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barriques. 18.0-/20 Aug 2014 RRP $44.50

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