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Fancrest Estate Waipara Pinot Noir 2011

09 October,2012

Tasting every vintage made of Fancrest Estate Pinot Noir, from 2007 to 2010 in October last year, I wrote "this is a Waipara Valley producer to follow”. (Click here to read my reviews.) Fancrest Estate is the passion of Diane and Ian Holding who have a 5.4 ha vineyard planted in 2003 to Pinot Noir and a little Pinot Gris on limestone soil. They do everything themselves, including making the wine on-site in order to have strict control in all aspects of grapegrowing and winemaking. Diane paid particular attention to the tannin management this 2011 vintage. She battled through adversity in making this wine as she broke her leg in March, necessitating bottling the wine two months later than normal. The wine is coming up for release.


Fancrest Estate Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


The fifth crop from the ‘Fancrest' vineyard fully destemmed, with 50% whole berries, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 13 months in a range of barrel sizes, 50% Dom. Laurent ‘Magic' casks and 15% new. Moderately dark ruby-red colour with some purple hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is fine and firm with intense black cherry and dark plum aromas interwoven with herbs, spices and minerals. Medium-bodied, tightly bound and intense flavours of spicy black cherries, plums and liquorice are framed within very fine-grained tannins. The palate is near-velvety with a refined, textured mouthfeel, providing an elegant line. Soft acidity enhances the sweetness of the fruit, and a little spicy oak and violetty lift shows on a long, lingering and dry finish. This is an elegantly concentrated and finely textured Pinot Noir with spicy black fruit flavours. Serve with duck and pork over the next 5-6 years. Certified BioGro organic. 18.0/20 Oct 2012 RRP $39.00

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