Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and elegantly packed with deep aromas of dark-red berry fruit entwined with savoury notes of thyme herbs and a little earthy detail, unfolding red and violet florals and suggestions of raspberryish whole berry fermentation. Medium-full bodied and well-proportioned on the palate the flavours of red cherry and berry fruits, dark and dried herbs, lifted florals and subtle earthy elements are harmoniously interwoven and balanced. The mouthfeel is supple with moderately extracted, fine tannins and integrated acidity. The wine flows to a gentle, easy finish of red fruits. This is a harmonious and balanced Pinot Noir with soft red berry fruit flavours along with nuances of herbs and florals on a supple palate. Serve with antipasto, tapas and pasta over the next 4-5 years. A barrel selection second tier wine. Fruit from 'Muirkirk', 'Morrison' and 'Montero' sites, indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 10% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 20% new oak.
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2012 Rippon "Rippon" Mature Vine Pinot Noir Lake Wanaka Central Otago (Biodynamic) (Elsewhere $50+)