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2014 Chard Farm River Run Pinot Noir

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This is quite a lovely, elegant style of pinot noir out of Central Otago that isn't a 'fruit bomb'! Svelte, sweet smells of red and dark berries waft out of the glass, along with some dried thyme and subtle purple florals. The palate is medium-bodied with surprisingly dense fruit flavours, licks of soft spices and herbs, fine tannins, and a hint of savouriness in the fruit and spice finish. Lovely with duck pancakes.

Winemaker's Notes

The wine is made to display typical Central Otago bright, fresh sweet fruit, good texture and mineral length.

The wine has an intense bouquet of red fruits, spice, violets and savoury earthy notes. Good fruit weight and fresh red berry flavours give a nice mid palate focus. The fine tannins and mineral acid lead to a long finish.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2014 Chard Farm River Run Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
From fruit sourced from the Cromwell basin and Gibbston, the 2010 Chard Farm is quite lightly coloured but shows lovely, savoury red cherry and red plum fruit characters. Baking spice, mushroom broth and raspberry compote. Slinky and savoury on the palate. There is a lot to like in this wine that finishes with spicy red-fruited flourish.
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Good Wine Guide
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Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
This is an attractive, fruit-driven style. The 2009 vintage was grown and hand-picked, mostly at Low bum, in the Cromwell Basin, but includes some Gibbston fruit. Ruby-hued, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, gentle tannins and a floral bouquet.
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Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
This is a floral, ruby-hued, fruit-driven style, grown at Lowburn, in the Cromwell Basin. The 2008 vintage is scented and supple, with soft, berryish flavours and drink-young charm.
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Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Based around estate-grown Cromwell fruit, this offers bright, immediate appeal with lacy, fine, musky pinot fragrance and some savoury oak in behind. The palate follows suit: bright and breezy with neat tannin definition through the finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
This is a floral, fruit-driven style with great drink-young charm. The 2003 vintage was grown at Gibbston and in the Cromwell Basin, and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (20 per cent new). An elegant, medium-bodied Central Otago wine, it is soft and fruity, with sweet fruit characters, an attractively smooth texture and good depth of plum, cherry and spice flavours.
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage is a floral, fruit-driven style with lots of drink-young charm. The 2002 is equally attractive. A blend of Central Otago (Gibbston district) and Nelson grapes, French oak-aged, it is full-coloured and vibrant, with strong cherry, plum and spice flavours, sweet-fruit characters and gentle tannins. Drink now onwards
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage is one of the best yet. A South Island blend of Gibbston (Central Otago) and Nelson grapes, matured for 11 months in French oak casks (15 per cent new), it is a ruby-hued, floral, fruit-driven style with red berry, cherry and plum flavours, ripe and rounded, and lots of drink-young charm.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
The back label of this Central Otago red describes it as 'vibrant, fruity, silky' - and it's right. A blend of estate-grown, other Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn fruit, matured for 10 months in French oak casks (10 per cent new), the 1999 vintage is a fruit-driven style, ruby hued, with floral, raspberryish scents. Skilfully crafted, it offers fresh raspberry and plum flavours, slightly herbal and subtly seasoned with oak, with a smooth finish. A good drink-young style.
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Highly likeable, although not intense, the 1998 vintage of this Central Otago red was grown at several sites - Bannockburn, Gibbston and the Chard Farm home block - and matured in French oak casks. Bright ruby, it offers pleasantly ripe and supple raspberry/spice flavours with a touch of complexity and a smooth finish. Drink 1999-2000.
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