Light reddish burgundy in colour with a matt hue when the wine is spread thin in the glass, lots of acidity and tight fruit on the nose that just wants to jump out of the glass, give it a few minutes and it will. Keep this hidden in the bottle for a few years and it should develop beautiful balanced complex fruit aromas.
On the palate, mouth filling and gum gripping tannins bind up that fruit, give it some time in the glass and that fruit should come out. The palate is still a little short.
Getting near the end of the bottle and the fruit is showing its head with a nice darker cherry, raspberry flavour on the middle palate that leads into a now longer finish which is balanced with the still present acidity. A great example of Central Otago Pinot Noir which can be drunk now or if you have the willpower, cellared and drunk over the next few years to watch it develop. The five remaining bottle purchased will be doing this.
Also purchased 3 each of:
3 x Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir 2009
3 x Mt Difficulty Pipeclay Terrace Pinot Noir 2009
3 x Mt Difficulty Target Gully Pinot Noir 2009
Now have to decide what to do with these.
Enjoyed every drop, pleasant hour enjoying this lovely wine. Good to see there are a few more that need to be tasted…
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