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Pisa Range Estate‘ Black Poplar’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

01 March,2018

Warwick and Jenny Hawker were among the pioneers in planting Pinot Noir in the Pisa region of Central Otago in 1995 under the guidance of the late Mike Wolter. In exchange in supplying fruit, Warwick and Jenny had wine made under their own label by Rudi Bauer when he began his own enterprise. This relationship remains today, the yineyard plantings have been expanded to include Riesling, and it is managed to organic and biodynamic principles. A 4 ha section of the vineyard near to 100 y.o. poplar trees has proven to be especially favourable for Pinot Noir and the ‘Black Poplar Block’ bottling of wines from this site have won many top awards. Last year, sadly, Jenny passed away. The Hawker family will be increasingly involved in the business, moving forward. Here, I review the new release 2015 Pisa Range Estate ‘Black Poplar Block’ Pinot Noir. www.pisarangeestate.co.nz


Pisa Range Estate ‘Black Poplar Block’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with black-purple tints, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and deep with well-proportioned aromas of ripe black cherry and berry fruit with nuances of dark-red plums along with thyme herbs, unveiling nuances of spice and liquorice. The nose possesses richness and intensity. Full-bodied, the palate has full and lusciously vibrant fruit flavours of dark-red and black cherries and berryfruit, with plums and blackberries, entwined with subtle notes of herbs and liquorice. The flavours are near-opulent and mouthfilling, and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin structure with integrated acidity. The flavours are broad and mouthfilling, and underlined by some alcohol power adding to the sweetness. The wine carries easily to a long, succulent finish. This is a lusciously rich and sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with ripe black cherry, berry and plum flavours with herb and liquorice nuances underlined by fine tannin and some alcohol power. Match with beef, lamb and venison over the next 6-7+ years. Hand-picked fruit from 4 ha of vines planted in 1995, fermented to 15.0% alc., the wine aged one year in one-third new French oak barriques. 19.0-/20 Mar 2018 RRP $56.00

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