The Writer’s Block Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 18-Oct-2016
Dark, even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with garnet suggestions. This is elegantly concentrated on the nose with a fine and firm depth showing intense aromas of dark-red and black cherry fruit, some liquorice and mineral notes, dark herbs and fragrant violet florals. Some nutty oak unfolds from the core. Medium-full bodied, this has a tight, concentrated core of rich and ripe black cherry and dark-red berry fruits, with notes of liquorice and herbs, the whole cluster well-integrated. The fruit sweetness is supported by fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction with balanced acidity. Notes of florals, nutty oak and minerals show and carry to a juicy, vibrant, lingering finish of cherries and berries. This is an elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with black and red cherry fruit and notes of thyme herbs, liquorice and florals on a fine-textured palate. Match with duck, pork and lamb over the next 5-6 years. Clones 667, 777, 115, Abel and 5 from a single site on the Bendigo Terraces. An equal blend of two fermentations, with 30% and 10% whole cluster respectively, fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine aged 12 months in seasoned French oak, one-third 1 y.o., bottled unfined and unfiltered. 65 cases made. 18.5-/20 Oct 2016 RRP $50.00 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates Moderately dark, deep, opaque ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. This has an elegant and refined nose with tightly bound aromas of dark red cherry fruit entwined with a fine thread of thyme herb and liquorice, with harmoniously integrated, savoury stemmy whole bunch nuances. The aromatics build in density and concentration, revealing mineral and floral perfume detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, this palate is finely proportioned with intense and well-concentrated flavours of sweet, dark cherry fruit, thyme herb, minerals and spices, the whole cluster elements integral. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, guiding tannins and ripe, lacy acidity providing linearity and poise, leading to a subtly sweet and rich-fruited finish with lingering floral fragrances. This is a beautiful, elegantly concentrated, perfumed Pinot Noir with subtle herb and integrated complexities. Match with poultry, pork and hare over the next 6+ years. Clones 667, 777, 115, Abel and 5 from a single site on the Bendigo Terraces. An equal blend of two fermentations, with 30% and 10% whole cluster respectively, fermented to 14.2% alc., the wine aged 12 months in seasoned French oak, one-third 1 y.o., bottled unfined and unfiltered. 65 cases made. 18.5/20 Jun 2014 RRP $50.00 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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