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2014 Amen Break Wild Earth Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir
The Wild Earth vineyard is on Felton Road in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. We all now know what the Amen Break is. The wine is made by the Clonal Brothers – Steve and Matt Harrop.
Deep pinot noir. Spice notes sunk into a deep pool of macerated red and black cherry, almost or effectively into plum. Fragrant green herb and roasted nut characters put on a complex display, though nothing juts, nothing ever gets too distracting. Starts solid and then gets better and more interesting/engaging as it breathes. Can’t complain over either the quality or the price.
Deepish red colour with a faint tint of purple remaining, the bouquet very ripe, fruit-driven and liqueur-cherry-like. There are chinotto or Campari-like whole-bunch nuances too. The wine is medium to full-bodied and quite chunky, with ample firm tannins and bold flavours. The wine is solid and deep and needs time to mellow and build complexity. The building blocks are certainly there. It's like a big block of stone from which the sculptor, time, has yet to finish carving the figure. For lovers of big pinots.