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Barrington Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

28 May,2018

barringtonBarrington Vineyard was established by the Smythe and Dowling families in 2011 when they purchased an 8 ha site with four clones of Pinot Noir (and some rogue Pinot Gris vines) planted in 2002. The vineyard on Muttontown Road is on the banks of the Clutha River, Clyde, near to Alexandra. David and Karen Smythe, who are on site, have their son-in-law Jim Redgrave managing the vineyard. The fruit goes into the Barrington label, and some is sold on contract. The Barrington wines are made by Antony Worch of Alexandra Vintners. Here, I review the new 2017 Barrington ‘River Block’ Pinot Noir. www.barringtonwine.co.nz

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Barrington ‘River Block’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

18/20

Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is refined with good volume of ripe, dark-red and black cherry fruit entwined with violet florals, unfolding some dark herb elements and suggestions of liquorice. This has intensity and excellent florality. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with finely bound and youthfully taut flavours of dark-red cherry fruit lifted by dark-red and violet florals, along with subtle notes of dark herbs. The fruit forms an elegant core and is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction with balanced, soft acidity. The wine has good linearity and carries to a long, lingering finish of cherries and florals. This is an elegantly concentrated, refined Pinot Noir with dark-red and black cherry fruit, violet florals and herb notes on a finely extracted palate. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Barrington’ vineyard fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 20% new oak. 350 cases made. 18.0/20 May 2018 RRP $29.95

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