Pinot Noir Gibbson Vineyard 2016
Central Otago, New Zealand
Two dear friends of mine bring this jewel to me after having spent their honeymoon in New Zealand. It is a 100% Pinot Noir from Central Otago. The vineyards, planted in 2000, are located at 350m asl. The cuvaison period lasts 28 days and the fermentation peaks at 30°C. The divine nectar aged for 11 months in oak barrel, whose 31% new. Cheers!
In the glass the wine has an elegant and lively garnet colour. The intensity is pale.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. You don’t need to swirl the glass to follow in love with this charming aromatic bouquet. There is everything you expected from a great and well-made Pinot Noir: a punchy red cherry, a ripe sour cherry and vibrant notes of eucalyptus, medicinal and black pepper. Another dive into the glass, and a female fragrance of rose teases the nostrils. The secondary aromas are even more seductive: a biting cloves, a light vanilla, a touch of charred wood, a sprinkling of dark chocolate and an elegant cedar. Despite the wine is still quite young, the tertiaries are already quite developed. There is an hint of mushroom, wet leaves, game, fine leather and a subtle farmyard.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are quite rounded and smoothed. The flavour intensity is medium plus, but it lasts for quite sometimes. The red fruits flavour is more concentrate a perfectly harmonized with oriental fragrance of spice, cloves, vanilla, dry rose, argan and cedar. The astringent sensation is sublime; the palate is absolutely clean after the sip.
I love it. This Pinot Noir is the quintessence of elegance. Its fragrances reminiscent of remote lands donate an incredible charm to the aromatic palette.