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  • Exotic black fruit flavours with soft & intense elegant tannins.
  • Hand selected, hand harvested & hand sorted for exceptional quality.
  • 35% whole bunch pressed & aged for 12 months on French oak.
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Dark Red
Nose Dark, spicy, whole bunch aromas, with nuances of violets, toast & minerality.
Palate A flowing elegant wine showing texture, depth and persistence.
Food Pairing Duck, Goose and Game Birds
Cellaring Drink Now
Notes Exotic black fruit flavours with soft & intense elegant tannins. Hand selected, hand harvested & hand sorted for exceptional quality. 35% whole bunch pressed & aged for 12 months on French oak.
Variety Pinot Noir
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Central Otago
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Central Otago
Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world, located at a latitude of 45 degrees south, on New Zealand’s south island. A spectacular landscape makes the region one of the most scenic wine regions if not in the world then certainly in New Zealand. Central to the region is the tourist destination of Queenstown, which is a great base to make wine trips from.

Heavy mineral deposits in silt loams are typical for the soils in Central Otago, but is unlike any other region in New Zealand. The Otago region is the countries only ‘continental ’ wine growing region.

Pinot Noir is the flagship red varietal, which is very well suited to the regions large diurnal shifts (a large diurnal shift means a big difference between low and high temperatures) and also the regions long, cool and dry autumn. The Pinot Noirs coming out of the Otago region are most often fragrant, lush Pinot Noirs with silky textures and true fruit intensity.

Aromatic whites also thrive, in particular Riesling where anything from bone-dry to very sweet can be made. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and lesser amounts of Chardonnay is also made to a very high quality. Central Otago is in Jancis Robinson’s top five New World wine producing regions.
17.5+/20
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Raymond Chan
Even ruby-red colour with garnet suggestions and a lighter rim. This has a full and softly packed nose that blossoms in volume, and builds in depth to show savoury dark-red berry and cherry fruit integrated with layers of soft thyme herbs, earth and whole bunch like stalk perfumes. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses soft and gently mouthfilling flavours of savoury red cherry and berry fruit entwined with dried herb and stalk notes and earthy complexities. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure lending a dry, textural mouthfeel. The acidity is fresh and lacy and the wine carries to an elegant, light savoury flavoured finish of red cherry fruit and herbs. This is a gently mouthfilling Pinot Noir with complex savoury dark-red cherry and dried herb flavours, and a dry, fine-textured palate with fresh acidity. Match with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 5 years. Clones 115, 5, 667 and 777, hand-picked, the fruit fermented with a portion of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 17% new French oak barrels.

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