Deep dark plum colour with a brooding nose of dark cherry, raspberry, leather, fennel and spices. The complexity of the nose leads beautifully into the detail of the palate – with chalky tannins and a long thread of acidity pushing through a long mouthfeel. Ripe cherry and red berry, savoury oak and a distinct minerality coat the wines structure core. Opens up wonderfully over time to reveal alluring florals and a svelte texture.
Lovely, deep, black-hued, ruby-red colour
Beautifully fragrant nose with bright, primary fruit, thyme-like herbs and floral allure.
On the palate it’s powerful and impressively rich while remaining beautifully balanced and elegant.
This vintage has produced a Pinot Noir displaying opulent rich aromatics; lush dark fruits of the forest dominate the aroma and these are underpinned by sweet brown spice notes. The wine displays lovely elegance and flow with striking precision and clarity. On the palate it kicks off with a plush dense fruit of the forest entry, this plushness then moves beautifully into the mid palate, after which fine elegant textural tannins frame fruit and acidity on a lengthy finish.
Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir will improve for 7-10 years given optimal vintage and ce...more »llaring conditions.
The growing season in 2013 kicked off with a cool spring. Frosts in early November reduced production from Station Block, at the top of the Cromwell basin, but Bannockburn was untouched. Although the cool spring continued after that, temperatures warmed just before Christmas in time to make for a very successful flowering. January was cooler and wetter than average and then February onwards was very warm and dry. We experienced a protracted veraison (the point at which the grapes stop growing and start to ripen, characterised by colour change) leading to increased variability in ripeness. To counter this we introduced a late colour thin to ensure fruit arrived in optimal condition at harvest. Early autumn returned to more classic settled Central autumnal conditions, and harvest started on the 3rd of April, continuing through until the 3rd of May. It was a normal yielding year, with nice focused acidity and interesting flavour profiles reflecting, to some degree, the variability of the season.
The 2010 Pinot Noir, is rich dark and delicious. Beautifully centered with blackberry and plum flavours, a hint of spice, toasted oak and a velvety finish. Wild bunnies couldn't drag us away from the vintage.
A wonderful buy. Grown at Alexandra and barrel-aged for nine months, it is a beautifully perfumed and deeply coloured red, rich and supple. Sweet-fruited, with concentrated plum/spice flavours, silky tannins and great harmony, it’s a drink now or cellaring proposition. - Reviewed by Michael Cooper author of Buyers Guide to NZ Wine and NZ Wine Atlas www.michaelcooper.co.nz
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