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Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

21 December,2018

The Farquharson and Bews families established their Wooing Tree Central Otago wine venture in 2002 to make top quality Pinot Noir. With 17 ha of clones 5, 6, 115, 667 and 777 in their vineyard on the outer edge of Cromwell, they have achieved that, the Pinot Noir wines winning many awards in wine shows and receiving acclaim from many critics. While Wooing Tree makes Pinot Noir-based wines in a number of different styles, including a very good value ‘Beetlejuice’ second label, and fulsome and well-structured flagship ‘Sandstorm Reserve’, the regular ‘Estate’ tier is the heart of the business. Here, I review the new release 2016 ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir, made by the very experienced Pete Bartle at VinPro.


Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Moderately dark ruby-red colour with purple hues and some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is gently full with well-packed, deep and concentrated, but rounded aromas of ripe dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit unfolding subtle notes of thyme herbs with some whole bunch stalk detail, and fragrant, spicy, nutty oak. Dark-red and violet floral elements emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and sweet with flavours of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits and dark plums, entwined with dark herb notes. The fruit is still taut and well-bound, and promises to blossom. This has plenty of weight and presence, and the fruit is underlined by good tannin extraction and fine grip, with balanced and integrated acidity. The wine carries to a long and sustained, luscious-fruited finish. This is a rich and sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with dark-red and black fruits and herb detail on a balanced and well-structured palate. Serve with beef, lamb and venison over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 115, 777 and 5, fermented with 12% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in approx. 30% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $48.00

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