We recently had the wonderful Raymond Chan review a selection of your wines. Raymond has some great points to make about each of our wine’s scoring each individually. Raymond is a highly respected wine advisor in the New Zealand wine scene with over two decades of wine judging, retailing and writing experience.
Here is what he had to day about our SIngle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011.
Bald Hills Single Vineyard Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011 ****
Clones 115 and Abel, destemmed, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 1 y.o. French oak barriques. Winemaker: Peter Bartle. Moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter on rim. This has a softly full and gently blossoming bouquet of dark red cherry fruit and red plums laced with nuances of herbs, pepper and liquorice, and lifted by fragrant red floral notes. Medium-full bodied, the fruit is a little restrained in expression, but there is some lusciousness to the flavours of dark cherries, herbs and liquorice. The extraction is sensitive and the acidity is discreet, providing a soft-textured mouthfeel. There is an underlying presence which forms a good core and driven line, carrying the flavours of dark red fruits, Asian spices, herbs and oak to a sustained finish. This soft, gently fruited and well-weighted Pinot Noir has attractive herb and spice notes. Serve with Middle Eastern cuisine or with semi hard cheeses over the next 5+ years.