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Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

10 May,2018

Accolade Wines has a significant Pinot Noir vineyard in Bendigo, Central Otago, and over the years has produced a number of top award winning wines from The ‘Claim 431’ vineyard. The wines invariably capture the darker fruit expression and firm structure that this sub-region seems to have inherent in the terroir. Most winegrowers have worked at moderating the tannin extraction to enable a degree of accessibility, and this is being achieved in the current wines. Accolade Wines has taken the approach to accessibility and consumer friendliness to another level with the ‘Madam Sass’ label, the inaugural 2016 vintage launched late last year (click here to see my review). The naming of the wine and its presentation exudes fun, another factor in approachability. The softer fruit expression and more supple tannins in the wine ensured its popularity in the market, such that Accolade are now releasing the 2017 vintage. I review the wine here, it showing a little more firmness and true Bendigo character. www.madamsass.co.nz

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Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

17.5+/20

Even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is firm and tightly concentrated with well-packed aromas of ripe, dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit, with hints of blackberries and an amalgam of liquorice, violet florals and minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate has vibrantly bright and juicy flavours of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits along with hints of black plums, liquorice and violet florals. The palate has a firm core and is supported by grainy tannin extraction, along with fresh, lacy acidity. The wine has good linearilty and carries to a lingering finish of black fruits, liquorice and florals. This is a firm and well-concentrated, juicy black-fruited Pinot Noir with grainy tannin grip and vibrancy. Match with duck, pork, beef and lamb dishes over the next 5 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Claim 431’ vineyard, Bendigo, fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., with 50% of the wine aged 10 months in seasoned oak. 17.5+/20 May 2018 RRP $24.99

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