We sent in our newly released Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir’s – both the “second label” 3 Acres and the “first label” Single Vineyard, to Winestate for their recent tasting. While just released they were also just bottled, in fact in March of this year, after spending about 11 months in French oak barriques. Typically with our Central Otago Pinots. they are initially quite “shy and reserved” in their youthfulness, so we were very pleased with the great awards each wine received:
Bald Hills Single Vineyard Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2012 ****1/2
Enticingly perfumed, powerful yet very graceful red. Rich cherry, plum and spice flavours, a hint of dried herbs, and a real sense of drive through the palate. Finely poised and still very youthful. $55
Bald Hills 3 Acres Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 ****
Floral, buoyantly fruity red with strong, ripe cherry/plum flavours and complexity from nine months’ maturation in French oak barriques (31% new). Supple, fine-grained tannins give early approachability, but still very youthful; open mid-2014+. $35
Michael Cooper, author of the fine “Wine Atlas of New Zealand” among others, is the New Zealand judge of these wines.
Pete Bartle is the Winemaker.