Tasting Reviews

Rockburn ‘The Art' Pinot Noir 2010


Rockburn has one of the strongest reputations and track records among Central Otago wine producers, and while the whole range of wines performs at the top level, it is the Pinot Noir wines which are the stars. Malcolm Rees-Francis has a wealth of experience with the variety and the ‘regular' label continues to win awards nationally and internationally. The super-premium ‘Twelve Barrels' 2009 took Rockburn to another level in power and richness with Pinot Noir, and this wine has developed especially well since I tried it first. From the outstanding 2010 vintage comes a one-off ‘reserve-style' Pinot Noir from Rockburn and Malcolm Rees-Francis. The wine is a one-off as the fruit comes from a Bannockburn vineyard not owned by the company, but was of such exceptional quality that it could not be passed over. Here is my review. www.rockburn.co.nz

Rockburn ‘The Art' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Clone 10/5, 5, 6, 115, 113, 667 and 777 from a high elevation site in Bannockburn, given a cold soak, and fermented with "a generous inclusion” of whole bunches to 14.5% alc., the wine spending approx. 20 days on skins, and aged 10 months in 43% new French oak, followed by a further 5 months in seasoned barrels. Very dark, deep and full, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is penetrating with aromas of dark red cherry fruit and black berries, revealing a complex amalgam of dark herbs, violetty florals, oak spices and savoury brown stalk whole bunch notes. Medium-full bodied, tightly concentrated flavours of dark cherry fruits, plums and hints of liquorice are interwoven with layers of savoury dark herb and whole bunch brown stalk notes, forming an intense core, underlined by fine-grained, powdery tannins. Discreet acidity provides good freshness, and the palate possesses excellent drive and line, which leads to a very long and concentrated finish. This is a concentrated and very fine textured Pinot Noir with significant depth and complexing whole bunch nuances for real interest. Match with roasted pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 6-8+ years. 300 cases made. 18.5+/20 Aug 2012 RRP $90.00
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