2016 Pinot Noir Bannockburn
|Origin||New Zealand, South Island|
Seductively perfumed wild strawberry and cherry fruit on both the nose and palate, against a backdrop of subtle, nutty, wheaty, creamy oak. Precision-tool acidity, superfine tannins and notes of minerals and spice carry it to a long, tailored finish. Rating: 92 www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2018)
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Unusually delicate red fruit notes mark the nose of the 2016 Pinot Noir. It's a mélange of strawberry, raspberry and cherry, with some herbal notes, cola and spice blended in. In the mouth, the wine is medium-bodied and supple, with a long, silky finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 92 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com (Feb 2018)
A very seductive, smooth and almost candied expression in the "Village" Bannockburn wine. This has a glossy warmth to it from the get-go which reflects the warmer and drier vintage. Ripe boysenberry, cherry and strawberry fruits are smothered in fluffy, ripe tannins. Drinking well now. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2017)
The immediate potpourri of flowers on the nose is gracefully entwined with subtle minerality. The palate begins precise and playful, showing sandalwood and fine spice notes. A surprising breadth that the tight focus doesn't immediately reveal. Balanced and complete: possessing lovely charm, harmony and a persistent finale. Irresistible in its youth but further complexities will no doubt emerge. Winemaker's notes (Aug 2017)
Felton Road and Rippon are undoubtedly the two leading vineyards in Central Otago, both making Pinots that are finely textured with fresh fruit flavours, rather than the 'fruit bombs' that so many others produce. Felton Road has been totally organic and biodynamic across their three Bannockburn vineyards since 2005. They have been certified by Demeter since 2009. After that there are more differences than similarities.
While Rippon, at Wanaka is on schist, Felton Road in Banockburn is on clay and calcareous loess. It is also very much in the rain shadow of the Main Divide. Irrigation is used at Rippon to help establish young vines, but dry farming is possible once the vines get their roots down, while at Felton Road permanent irrigation is required for the entire vineyard.
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