Gibbston Valley ‘School House’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago
Review Date - 06-Aug-2014

20/20

Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, hints of garnet on edge. This has a full and voluminous bouquet with savoury red berry fruits entwined with dried herb and whole bunch stalkiness that unfolds in layers of complexity to reveal fragrant brown spices, earth and game notes that build in depth and intensity. Medium-full bodied, densely packed and well-concentrated flavours of red fruits, savoury whole bunch dried herbs and stalk flavours are melded with savoury plums, liquorice and game. The fruit is enveloped by considerable structure based on fine, powdery tannins. Soft acidity lends some freshness and tension, with the structure and grip carrying the palate to a long, complex and interwoven flavoured finish with succulent fruit, and fine tannin balance. This is a very rich, concentrated and layered Pinot Noir with savoury red fruits and whole bunch complexities with considerable refined structure.  It is a complete expression. Match with coq au vin and slow cooked game meats over the next 7-9+ years. Clones 777 and 114 from the ‘School House’ vineyard at 400 m.a.s.l., fermented with 15-25% whole bunches to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 20-30 days on skins and aged 10 months in 40% new oak. 20.0/20 Aug 2014 RRP $58.00



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