Pinot Noir 2016
Central Otago, New Zealand
For the dinner I pick an Italian Barolo, a French Pinot Noir and this nectar from New Zealand. It is a 100% Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1999 in Bannockburn. Central Otago. The harvest was done manually in April 2016, with the grapes left macerating on the skins from three to four weeks. After this process, the divine juice slept for approximately 11 months in fine grain French oak: 22% new oak, 40% 1 year old and 38% 1 to 5 years old barriques. Then the wine was bottled in March 2017. The producer suggests a potential aging up to 10-12 years. Cheers!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour, with some garnet hues. The intensity is medium to pale.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. At the nostrils, the wine is an explosion of red fruits, including a ripe strawberry. A hint of eucalyptus, black pepper and gunpowder make the aromatic palette quite lively. Our senses are enchanted by graceful floral fragrance. As secondaries, there is a subtle vanilla, sharp cloves, cedar and a light charred wood. The tertiaries are leather, a feeble farmyard, earth and forest floor.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (13.5%) and gives a pleasant heat wave. Also the tannins are medium, they are silky and rounded without living almost any astringent sensation. The acidity does the entire cleaning job. The flavour intensity is pronounced and the lasting is medium plus.
I really like this nectar and its womanly aromatic bouquet, despite the classical Pinot Noir’s farmyard note. It lacks a bit of complexity, but its freshness and lively fragrances cheer the drinker up. Although it works perfectly well with marbled cheese and charcuterie, it is pure hedonism sipped by its own.
Final vote: 91
Price: £25 at Whole Foods