Valli ‘Bendigo Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 11-Mar-2013
Very full, bright and deep purple-red colour, near lurid, and very youthful in appearance. The bouquet is full and softly rounded with aromas of ripe dark plum fruit with some whole bunch dried stalk complexities and savoury game nuances adding layers of interest, all well entwined and integrated. Fullish bodied, broad and weighty flavours of dark berry fruits, plums, dark herbs and oak toast nuances fill the palate. This is up-front, open with accessible, sweet and rich fruitiness, the restrained acidity enhancing the rounded mouthfeel. Some alcohol warmth adds to the generosity, and the tannin extraction builds from mid-palate to provide a firm, grainy texture that leads to a dry, long finish with dark plum and dark herb notes. This is a fulsome, open and sweet, dark plum flavoured Pinot Noir with plenty of tannin structure. Serve with roasted red meats and casseroles over the next 7-9 years. Clones 667, 777, 115, Abel and 5 from vines planted in 2006, from ‘Chinaman’s Terrace’, Bendigo, fermented with 30% whole bunch to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 34% new French oak barrels. 200 cases made. 18.5+/20 Mar 2013 RRP $65.00

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