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Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

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Dense, dark fruit with elements of dried nutmeg aromas combine with a rich and lingering palate of cherry and bitter-sweet chocolate. A wine to follow as it evolves and develops over the next 10 years.

Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR

Red/purple.

NOSE

Blackberries, plums and dried spice. Rife with dark fruits, complemented with savoury spice from the French Oak.

PALATE

At first the fruit covers the mouth and tongue with wild berry and dark cherry flavours, then things move to dark chocolate, kirsch and liquorice before being tightened up wonderfully by the tight, firm tannins which should reward careful cellaring.

SERVE

Serve at room temperature in generous glassware and allow to breathe.

PEAK DRINKING

2012-2015

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCH

WINE ANALYSIS

ALCOHOL VOLUME

14.0%

ACIDITY

6 g/l

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.1 g/l

WINE BACKGROUND

VINTAGE REGION

All the fruit for this wine was sourced from our vineyard in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

Slightly cooler summer temperatures meant a later harvest, but also produced lovely lifted aromatics and good concentration.

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Pinot Noir

MATURATION

Wild fermented, 4 weeks on skins, spring MLF, summer racking. Aged in a French Oak Barriques, ~30% new for 10 months.

ACCOLADES

Gold - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards (NZ) 2011
Bronze - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
Commended - Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 (UK)
Commended - IWC International Wine Challenge 2011 (UK)
4.5 out of 5 Stars - Winestate Magazine, July/August Issue (Australia)
90 Points - "From one of New Zealand's best areas for pinot, this has dark cherry and plum fruit on the nose and palate, with some spice and earthy, savoury characters and a silky finish. Try it with duck of game dishes over the next five years". Mike Frost, Courier Mail. Brisbane Circulation.
"Rich cherry fruit, a little like jam, only not so sweet along with spice and some earthy beetroot flavours. It's medium bodied but envelopes you with a big hug of Central Otago generosity tinged with a little bitterness via dried herbs and bitter chocolate. Balanced acidity and alcohol with fine tannin and a long dry finish. Goes long on drinking satisfaction and value. It's the sort of wine you can easily settle in for the nigh with, if you take my meaning." Garry Walsh, The Wine Front
"Fullish red, slight purple. Plum skin and cherry pip aromas, sweet fruit palate with fresh acidity and nice energetic presence. Some grip, albeit light and balanced. Slightly tadpole shaped but appealing flavours" 89 pt review HuonHooke.com
4 1/2 Stars - Winestate Magazine (Australia) 2012. Michael Coopers Best of 2011 Releases. “Seductively scented and supple, very graceful. Ruby-hued, with strong, fresh cherry and plum flavours, deft oak handling adding a savoury, nutty complexity and gentle tannins. Floral ‘feminine’ style with considerable cellaring potential”

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