Full, deep purple-red colour with a dark heart, youthful in appearance. The nose is very refined with beautifully bright, aromatic dark red berry and cherry fruits, showing excellent ripeness, intermixed with fragrant fresh thyme herbs and hints of Asian spices. Medium-full bodied, sweet and succulently ripe, dark red berries and cherries are complexed by layers of florals and herbs forming a detailed amalgam of flavours. Oaking is very harmonious, adding spicy nuances. The tannin extraction is very fine, providing a good core and elegant palate line, which is enlivened by lively, fresh acidity. This has impressive balance, tension and energy, and the flavours flow to a very long, lingering finish featuring sweet fruit notes. This is a classically structured, fragrant and sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with notewory balance.
When they get it right, Gibbston pinots show wonderful perfume and elegance. And Grant Taylor seems to get it right every year. This stylish pinot is beautifully fragrant with red/black cherry, floral, dried herb and spice aromas. The palate is focused and finely textured with outstanding mid-palate weight, leading to an extremely long, delicate finish. This is less upfront than the Bendigo or Bannockburn pinots, but should evolve graciously with time. At its best: 2015 to 2023.
Winemaker Grant Taylor’s considerable experience with Gibbston Pinot Noir shows on this beautifully sculpted wine. It’s a mix of red cherry, floral and savoury/herb flavours with a smooth texture and perfect balance of fruit sweetness with fine tannins. A supple, elegant Pinot Noir with energy.
A beautifully realised pinot that has swirling fragrance and bright, sappy, red-cherry fruit aromas, with lovely purity and aromatic depth. Plenty of wild herbs, too. The palate has compact, fine tannins that hold boysenberry and red-cherry fruit flavor neatly through to an expansive, breathy finish.
Good bright, dark red. Soil-inflected aromas of red berries, mushroom and truffley underbrush complicated by a smoky, flinty quality; showed a higher pitch with aeration. Silky, broad, savory and dry, boasting excellent cut to its flavors of red berries, herbs and pepper. Very dry and uncompromising pinot with noteworthy subtle persistence. 91+ points. (ST)
Light, crisp and juicy, with a fresh herbal note to the cranberry, rhubarb and pomegranate flavors, accented by earth, pepper and floral details that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2024. (Web only—2014)
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