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2012 Bannock Brae Goldfields Pinot Noir

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This cheeky Central Otago pinot is already being weighed down with gold medals from NZ wine shows, and it's no wonder! It's a bit more earthy savoury than the 'Barrel Selection' pinot noir, but still has dark cherries and plums in the mix along with some dried thyme. The palate is medium-bodied and elegant, with plummy and vanilla flavours, fine but solid tannins, and a bright, fresh, savoury-edged finish. Excellent with some cured meats and olives.

Winemaker's Notes

The taste is complex and shows the expected black cherry and dark plum notes, but the real interest lies beneath these flavours. Certainly a very complex wine with more than a hint of chocolate, liquorice, damp forest, and wild herbs showing through.

All this is integrated with just the right balance of acid; and tannins – partly from the grapes themselves, and partly from the judicious use of French oak barrels. Our ability to fully ripen the grapes while keeping sugar levels in control gives this wine our ‘trade mark’ seductive velvety texture.

Because of the superior quality of the fruit used in the crafting of this wine, we once again decided to bottle this wine without fining treatment, or filtration. This allows the wine to age more gracefully. We expect this wine will continue to improve over 6 – 8 years.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2012 Bannock Brae Goldfields Pinot Noir

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Earlier this year I assembled a tasting of more than 100 New Zealand pinots not exhibited at any of New Zealand’s official tastings around the world, and Bannock Brae was one of the best. Planted in 1998 and 1999, the vines of this single vineyard estate reached the magic turning point of 12 years of age in 2010, and it shows in impressive layers of accurate black cherries, blackberries and cherry kernel. Layers of mixed spice complexity lingers long on the palate amid the nuances of whole bunch complexity, lending hints of pipesmoke and mixed spice. A bargain Central Otago pinot of excellent length, balance, generous definition and fruit presence.
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WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Already enjoyable but still developing, this elegant, finely balanced Bannockburn red is ruby-hued, with very good depth of ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, a subtle French oak influence, gentle tannins and a lingering finish.
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
Grown at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, and matured in French oak barriques, this is typically a very graceful and supple wine. Already enjoyable but still developing, the 2008 vintage is ruby-hued, with very good depth of ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, a subtle French oak influence (25 per cent new) adding complexity, gentle tannins, and a lingering finish.
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WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
From Bannockburn, in Central Otago, this wine has full, bright colour and concentrated, ripe flavours of cherries, plums, herbs and spices. Floral, fresh, savoury and supple, it's maturing very gracefully. Great value at $28
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
The graceful, concentrated 2002 vintage was grown at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, picked at 23. 9 to 24. 7 brix, and matured for a year in French oak barriques (one-third new). Maturing well, with full, youthful colour and a complex, highly attractive bouquet, it has rich, sweet fruit flavours of plums and spice, a lovely soft texture and long finish. Less striking in its youth, the 2003 is a supple, raspberry, plum and herb-flavoured wine with some savoury, spicy complexity. Give it time; open mid-2005+.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The graceful, concentrated 2002 vintage was grown at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, picked at 23. 9 to 24. 7 brix, and matured for a year in French oak barriques (one-third new). Maturing well, with full, youthful colour and a complex, highly attractive bouquet, it has rich, sweet fruit flavours of plums and spice, a lovely soft texture and long finish. Less striking in its youth, the 2003 is a supple, raspberry, plum and herb-flavoured wine with some savoury, spicy complexity. Give it time; open mid-2005+.
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
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