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Loop Road Central Otago 2016 Pinot Noir and Noble Riesling

29 September,2017
The ‘Loop Road’ label was created as a Central Otago brand for the Vintners N.Z. distribution company by the Bendigo Estate Partnership team at Quartz Reef. The wines are made from fruit from the Quartz Reef ‘Loop Road’ Bendigo vineyard and the ‘Torr’ vineyard in the Pisa sub-region. www.looprd.co.nz For availability, enquire with the distributors www.vintners.co.nz The Noble Riesling is also available from the Quartz Reef cellar door.

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Loop Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

16.5+/20
Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is somewhat shy and restrained, but unveils soft aromas of dark red berry fruits harmoniously entwined with n=dark herbs and nuances of earth. Medium-full bodied, the palate has subtle flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with notes of dark herbs and a little earthiness. The fruit builds to form an elegant core with moderately extracted, supple tannins providing gentle structure and grip. The wine has vinosity, along with a fine acid thread, and the core of fruit caries to a lingering finish of dark cherry fruit. This is a gentle and restrained Pinot Noir which subtly builds to form a fine core with an acid edge providing soft textures, vinosity and linearity. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit from Bendigo and Pisa, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 10% new oak. 16.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $35.00

Loop Road Central Otago Noble Riesling 2016

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is gently rich and voluminous with a fine heart of ripe citrus and tropical fruits harmoniously melded with notes of honey, marmalade and musk. The botrytis grows to enrich the aromatics. Very sweet to taste and medium bodied, the palate has a concentrated core with rich, luscious and mouthfilling flavours of ripe citrus and tropical fruits together with honey, marmalade and musk. The palate has good depth and suggestions of unctuousness. The richness is balanced by fine phenolic textures and lacy acidity. The rich and exotic flavours flow with fine concentration to a long, lingering, elegant finish. This is a rich and luscious Noble Riesling with citrus and tropical fruits, honey and musk on a balanced palate with fine textures and acid freshness. Match with fruit and baked desserts over the next 4+ years. Riesling fruit with 80% botrytis infection from the ‘Torr’ vineyard, Pisa, fermented in stainless-steel to 11.5% alc. and 218 g/L RS. (375 ml) 18.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $31.95
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