Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 04-Feb-2014
Dark, moderately deep, ruby-red with some garnet hues. The bouquet is solid dense and brooding with ripe dark plum fruit aromas with layers of spice and some secondary dried herb and undergrowth notes. This is robust and fulsome, but no blockbuster. Medium-bodied, the palate is soft, rounded in texture and fleshy, with an accessible mouthfeel. The fruit is somewhat subdued, showing ripe and spicy black plums infused with dried herbs, game and spices. There is plenty of extract and tannin structure surrounding the fruit, providing the palate with substance, and the mellow flavours flow gently to a long finish. This is a full and fleshy, softly textural wine that may be in a dumb phase. It will keep another 5-6+ years. 18.0+/20 Jan 2014 Brilliant, dark, deep, ruby-red colour, with youthful purple hues. This has a graceful nose with bright, vibrant, concentrated aromas of ripe fruits with dark cherries, raspberries and plums along with a little oak shine and subtle thyme herb notes. Medium-full bodied, the wine is densely concentrated, but stylishly proportioned, featuring ripe and succulent black cherry and plum fruit flavours with nuances of herbs, Asian spices and new oak adding interest. The tannin extraction is ample, but fine and grainy, and with the fresh acid, this has a balanced structure. A flavour amalgam of black fruits, spices and oak features on the sustained finish. Clones 115 667, 777, 6 and 5 given a cold oak and with a small portion of whole bunch, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged in 40% new French oak for 11 months. Match with Mediterranean-influenced duck, pork and veal dishes over the next 6-7+ years. 19.0-/20 Oct 2011 RRP $44.00

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