Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
The 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir was bottled on 25 March 2014. This fine Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir is developing beautifully with some additional time in the bottle.
Gourmet Traveller WINE Dec/Jan 2016 - 5 Stars
"Dense, rich and opulent pinot with dark plum, black cherry, chocolate, licorice and spicy oak flavours. Mouth-filling wine with a silken texture and long finish."
Michael Cooper 2018 Edition - 4.5 Stars
"The 2013 vintage (4.5*) is also still unfolding, with deep, bright colour, mouthfilling body, and fresh, strong cherry, plum and spice flavours. Set for a long life, it should be at its best 2019+."
This complex, medium-bodied Pinot Noir is superb with red meats such as lamb and venison as well as with pork.
Winemaking and Viticulture
The fruit (Clones 5, 10/5 and 115) was hand harvested on 8 and 16 April 2013 and destemmed into 2 x 4 Tonne stainless steel tanks to undergo a brief cold soak, before being inoculated with a selected wine yeast to carry out the fermentation. The wine was aged in French Oak barriques for 9 months, of which 33% was new oak.
Dark ruby with purple hues. Lifted black cherry fruit and black currant on the nose together with hints of mocha and smokey char. On the palate, Black Doris plums, cherries and black currant leaves blend cohesively, together with spice and toasty oak. A complex medium bodied wine which is generous and mouth filling with fine grained tannins and good persistence on the finish.