Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Central Otago "China Terrace" Pinot Noir 2013, Gibbston Valley

This is the original winery in the Gibbston Valley district which is set well apart from the Cromwell basin districts at a higher altitude. The name recalls the history of gold mining in the area - literally where vineyards are today located. This is one of few vineyards planted on a clay soil and the vines date from 2001. Reflecting the high ultra violet exposure on the 45th parallel of the Southern Hemisphere, the wine has a deep colour and full cherry nose. There are notes of sweet herbs, balsamic vinegar and raspberry liqueur without too much evidence of the 10 months barrel ageing in 20% new oak. Savoury style balanced by plenty of rich cherry fruit which comes through on the mid-palate. This pinot is priced at NZ $70 from the cellar door which equates to €47 from a Burgundy cellar door so this wine needs to be compared with a 1er Cru from a top quartile producer in a "big" village like Pommard, Gevrey, Morey or Vosne.

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