Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 19-May-2021
Deep ruby-red with moderate transparency, slightly lighter edged. The nose is gently full and alluring, nuances of plums, cherries and red currants melded with herbaceous thyme, minty herb, floral and an amalgam of spice. Medium-full bodied, aromas of black and red fruit are fragrant with a hint of savouriness, followed by black pepper, cardamom, then thyme and mint linger to a long, sustained finish. The mouthfeel is creamy with a silky, fine-grained tannin structure, integrated and emphasised the spices. Lacy acidity has a flinty mineral touch, enhanced fluidity. This is a charming Pinot Noir with flavours of red and black fruit, fragrance and spice on a fine-structured palate. Match with venison backstrap and mushrooms over the next 8+ years. Fruit was sourced from Hall Road, Bannockburn, fermented with 20% whole bunch to 13.5% alc, aged in French oak for 11 months, 30% new oak. 19/20 pts (95 pts) May 2021 RRP $69

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