The quintessence of Central Otago Pinot Noir – powerful and seductive. This wine is a blend from three unique sub-regions. The hot, North-facing slopes of Bendigo bring warmth, ripe fruits and structure. Bannockburn contributes dark fruits, richness and density to the mid--palate. Alexandra brings aromatic red fruits and, lift and bright acidity. From hand-reared vines, the semi-continental climate and free-draining silt and gravel soils produce vivid and concentrated Pinot Noir.
This is a wine with broad shoulders yet soft hands that have laid out a fruit feast. You will be greeted with black cherry, red plum, vanilla bean and wild thyme on the nose. Ripe boysenberry and cream flavours adorn a rich and rounded mid-palate that finishes with subtle notes of cocoa and cloves. The use of some whole fermentation adds backbone and a subtle dried herb complexity. Toasted oak contributes savouriness while the tannins asset their presence but are soft and inviting.
A complex fruit bomb with a serious demeanour and broad but svelte structure. A wine that truly screams more!
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