Dense, almost chewy Bannockburn Pinot Noir with black cherry, raspberry, plum and subtle spice flavours. A fine-grained, satisfying wine with good varietal and sub-regional definition.
Pinot Noir fruit, 70% from the ‘Inlet’ vineyard and 30% from the ‘Black Rabbit’ vineyard in Bannockburn, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine on skins 25 days and aged 12 months in 34% new French oak. Full, moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is deep with rich and ripe fruit aromas of dark red cherry and berry fruits intermixed with liquorice, black mineral, earth and spice notes. The bouquet is restrained, but is harmonious and complete balance. Medium-full bodied, this has a solid and firm core with concentrated black fruit flavours along with spicy plum, liquorice, earth and oak elements. There is plenty of fruit extract, plush tannin presence and weight adding to the palate density, with soft acidity providing a rounded mouthfeel. The fruit is a little shy, but this has good drive, carrying the wine to a fulsome finish. This is a solid and fulsome Pinot Noir with black fruits, spices and earthy flavours. Serve with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6 years.
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