Full, even, ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on the rim with a brick tint. This has a firm and intensely concentrated bouquet of savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit packed with a complex amalgam of dried herbs, whole cluster stalk notes and nutty oak. This has richness, density and secondary complexity on the nose. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fresh and lively with plenty of power and underlying drive. The vibrantly rich dark-red berry and cherry fruit is intermixed with complexing dark herbs and whole bunch stalk detail, and nutty oak elements. The fruit is framed within a structure composed of fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction, and enlivened by mouthwatering acidity. This has plenty of body and presence, and carries to a long, rich, sweet-fruited and well-textured finish. This is a rich, vibrant, well-structured Pinot Noir with succulent dark fruits and complex herb, stalk and nutty notes, the wine showing some secondary flavour development. Match with lamb, beef, venison and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-9+ years. Clones 5, 6, Abel and MS, from the ‘Muirkirk’ vineyard, Bannockburn, vines planted from 1996, indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in seasoned French oak.
Pinot that’s been made with a light touch to produce a wine of purity and power. Dark cherry, spice, fresh herbs and a gamy, barnyard-like character perhaps from bottle development. Silken-textured wine offering an array of interesting flavours.
Pale to medium ruby with a hint of purple, the 2011 Muirkirk Pinot Noir has an earthy / herbal laced nose over a core of cranberry, Bing cherries and wild strawberries. Medium bodied with a fresh, red berry character with plenty of earthiness, it gives a long herb laced finish. (LPB)
Medium red. Captivating aromas of red fruits, spices, smoke and earth are lifted by ineffable high notes of orange zest and rose petal; reminded me of a Chambolle. Then sweet, round and pliant in the mouth, but with no lack of grip to its red fruit, spice and earth flavors. Deeper, richer and a bit oakier than the regular Central Otago bottling, and firmer--even a bit youthfully bitter-edged--on the shapely finish. In a distinctly Burgundian style, this wine may merit an outstanding rating with a couple more years in the bottle. (ST)
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