The Writer’s Block Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 18-Oct-2016
Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red with garnet hues on a lighter edge. The bouquet is firmly concentrated with vigorous aromas of ripe black berried fruits along with savoury dark herbs and subtle layers of game and undergrowth, the aromatics showing some secondary complexity. Nuances of black florals and mineral unfold with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the mouthfeel is full, soft and rounded with sweet, ripe black berried fruits with notes of plums at the core Layers of dried herbs, minerals, savoury game and secondary undergrowth provide complexing interest. The fruit is supported by supple tannin extraction and soft, integrated acidity lending a plush mouthfeel. The wine flows smoothly to a soft, long finish of black fruits and minerals. This is a fulsome and sweetly rich, black fruited Pinot Noir with a soft, rounded mouthfeel and the beginnings of secondary development. Match with game meat dishes and casseroles over the next 5 years. Clones 115 and 777 fruit from selected rows from a single Bannockburn vineyard, the vines planted in 2002, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc. with 25% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in seasoned French oak barrels. 50 cases made. 18.5/20 Oct 2016 RRP $N/A Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues on edge. The nose is very full and vently voluminous with waves of ripe dark-red berry fruit and plums, spices and violet florals and a hint of dried herbs. Medium full-bodied, plump red berry fruit and floral flavours fill the palate and form a rounded core. The mouthfeel features soft, grainy tannins with a supple approachability, the acidity quite discreet and restrained. The flavours have excellent presence and drive and carry through to a soft, textured, lingering finish with spicy red fruit notes. This is a soft-textured Pinot Noir with plump, aromatic red fruit flavours. Match with poultry, duck and rabbit over the next 5-6 years. Clones 115 and 777 fruit from selected rows from a single Bannockburn vineyard, the vines planted in 2002, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc. with 25% whole bunch to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in seasoned French oak barrels. 18.0+/20 Jun 2013 RRP $50.00 (Sold out) Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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