Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Central Otago "Glenlee" Pinot Noir 2012, Gibbston Valley

Following on from the 2014 Glenlee this 2012 vintage shows significantly more evolution. The French oak barrels (220 litre version) have turned into notes of fudge, warm cat fur, vanilla and salted caramel. Wild strawberry and strawberry tart put in an olfactory appearance on this elegant and evolved nose. Medium acidity, fresh, saline. In a cooler year like 2012 the young vines have not produced sufficiently concentrated berries to merit the high volume of new oak resulting in an unbalanced wine dominated by oak aromas. All part of a learning process in this fascinating new region. 

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