Valli ‘Gibbston Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 14-Dec-2014
Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is full, bold and deeply concentrated with aromas of ripe black and dark red berry fruits entwined with thyme herbs and savoury lifted dried herb and whole bunch elements. The complexity and array of herbal aromatics is sensational. Spices, violet florals and oak toast notes emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, bright, vibrant and succulent dark cherry and berry fruit flavours are enlivened by fresh, lively acidity. Complexing, savoury whole bunch nuances unfold with finely expressed herbal layers. The fruit is supported by plenty of tannin extract and structure providing a firm, concentrated core and line. The mouthfeel is rich and sinewy and is carried with energy to a very long, fine-textured and sweet-fruited finish. This is a concentrated and sinewy Pinot Noir with vibrant berry fruit complexed by an array of herb and savoury elements. Match with lamb, beef and Mediterranean fare over the next 7-8 years. Clones 5, 6, 115, 113, 114, 777 from vines planted in 2000, fermented with 35% whole bunches to 13.4% alc., with a cuvaison of 22 days, the wine aged 11 months in 34% new French oak. 816 dozen made. 19.5-/20 Dec 2014 RRP $65.00

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