2011 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir
6 x 750 ml Bottles | RRP: $61.00 $61.00 | Cracka Rating: 4/52
Producer: Quartz Reef Type: Red Varietal: Pinot Noir Region: Central Otago, NZ
2011 Bannock Brae Barrel Selection Pinot Noir
Case Price: $353.94
It's a sophisticated Pinot Noir this one, made in an absolutely sophisticated style -- we are talking about close planted estate vineyards, small batch winemaking keeping different clones separate, & part wild yeast fermentation and very careful oak treatment. It all adds up to what is a very serious wine indeed.
But forget that for a second and lets just realise one thing - this is just a fantastic Pinot, built quite firm and full bodied, obviously with an eye on long term ageing, and unquestionably full of flavour and style. Heroic wine really, and still simply bloody good.
It is now well established that Central Otago is producing outstanding pinot noirs, with Quartz Reef being no exception. Still, there is no doubt in Rudi's mind that to produce great pinot noir will take time. We are looking forward to the exciting journey to learn more about pinot noir, the expression of the vines and the development in the bottle.
Appearance: Deep bright red.
Nose: Thyme, spiced wild berries.
Palate: Vibrant, ripe dark berry fruits, c hocolate with sweet, velvet yet firm tannins.
Cellaring: 6 to 9 years.
Nick Stock says:“
Lifted, bright fruit on offer here, with red cherry, plum and forest berries, and hints of deep spice, earth, mushroom and subtle oak. Gravelly tannins come in on the back palate, pulled into line by a line of sprightly acidity that propels the wine through to the finish.
Best Drinking: 2017Good Wine Guide92