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Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

11 May,2018

There are a small number of small but very serious producers of Pinot Noir in Central Otago. Invariably they have had considerable experience with the variety and plenty of opportunity to craft top wines in the region over the years. Steve Davies is one such man in making his Doctors Flat Pinot Noir. Steve’s 3 ha vineyard off Hall Road in Bannockburn was planted in 2002 to clones 114, 115 and 777. The wine is one of the more complex and well-structured of the region’s bottlings, and Steve credits the very old soils which are estimated to be 480,000 years old to be a significant influence on the tannin framework. Steve also reckons the soil health is of extreme importance and he promotes the natural diversity of the micro-flora and micro-fauna that exists there. Of course, Steve’s guiding hand plays a role as he guides the wines towards how interprets the vineyard expression given that growing season. His approach in doing so has resulted in him talking a "lighter hand” with punch-downs and extraction to enable "seeing the vineyard more clearly”. The wine has what I reckon is a cult following, and quite rightly so. I tasted the 2015 vintage Pinot Noir wine during a visit to Central Otago in November last year (click here to see my report). I review the wine here, with half a year’s extra time in bottle. www.doctorsflat.co.nz

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Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

19-/20

Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with some garnet hues. This has a firm, full and deeply concentrated, complex nose with an amalgam of dark-red berry fruits along with savoury dark and dried herbs, some subtle whole bunch stalk perfumes, and nuances of earth. The aromatics possess excellent density and presence, with the beginnings of interest from secondary development. Medium-full bodied, the palate has lively and vibrant flavours of complex savoury dark-red berry fruits entwined with herbs and whole bunch stalk elements, and a soft layering of earth and undergrowth elements, forming a finely concentrated and deep core. The fruit is sweetly rich and enlivened by fresh acidity and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction providing an elegant structure and grip. The flavours carry with plenty of drive and energy to a strong, complex, savoury finish. This is a rich-fruited, complex flavoured Pinot Noir with savoury red fruit, herb, earth and secondary detail on a finely concentrated, lively palate with good structure. Match with wild duck and pork, coq au vin and casseroles over the next 6-8 years. A blend of clones 115, 777 and 114 from the ‘Doctors Flat’ vineyard fermented with 30% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 25-26 days on skins and aged 12 months in 23% new French oak, then given a further 6 months in tank. 870 dozen made. 19.0-/20 May 2018 RRP $49.50

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