Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Central Otago & Waitaki
Review Date : 16-Jun-2022
Deep crimson with a garnet hue, moderate transparency, lighter on edge. This is immediately appealing, with aromas of Morello cherries, strawberries underlying savoury mushroom and forest floor entwined with hibiscus, thyme and spice. Medium-bodied, Morello cherries and strawberries have a fresh core, interweave hibiscus and cherry blossom, underlined savoury earth and mushroom alongside delicate spice added depth to the flavour. The mouthfeel is contributed by a creamy line and dusting tannin extraction; a light grip added a chewy texture. Lacy, crisp acid line provides good drive and freshness. This Gibbston Pinot Noir shows classic red fruit, floral and savoury details with grace and class. Match with smoked duck and pork loin over the next 8+ years. Clone 777, 115, UCD 5, 114, fermented with 22% whole bunch to 13% alc, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 32% new oak. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) June 2022 RRP $75

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