Te Kano Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 27-Jul-2022
Ruby-red with depth, good transparency, and lighter on the rim. The nose is alluringly perfumed, led with aromas of lavender melded with cherries, black raspberries and cherry plums, cinnamon bark, mint, mushroom and forest floor. Medium-full bodied, concentrated on the palate, cherries and black raspberries interweave violet, lavender and cinnamon bark fragrances, unfolding savoury, mushroom, black pepper and forest floor. The wine is earthy and fragrant with well-proportioned, balanced, ripe fruit; savoury complexity and fragranced whole-bunch elements added interest. Fine-grained, velvety tannin and a fine grip carry texture and weight. This savoury Pinot Noir possesses enticing fruit and fragrance with elegance, concentration, power, and a long, sustained finish. Match this with herb-crusted lamb and venison ragu over the 7+ years. Fruit from Bannockburn and Northburn vineyards, handpicked, destemmed, fermented in open top fermenters to 14% alc, 10-28 days on skins. Parcels were fermented separately with varying percentages of whole bunches. Aged in French oak barrels for 11 months, 24% new oak. 19-/20 pts (95 pts) July 2022 RRP $49

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