2014 Paritua Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand (750ml)
This Hawke's Bay-based producer has drawn fruit from Central Otago for this wine, which shows some austere tannins and minty overtones. Cherry and cinnamon notes join wintergreen, while the finish is clean, dry and firm. Worth holding a few years to see what develops.
Intense cherry and plum with spicey hints of Christmas cake and a savoury complexity of dried herbs. The palate is plush and elegant with complex ripe dark cherry fruit flavours and fine spicy oak characters. The wine is well balanced with a soft lengthy, fine grained tannin structure, ripe fruit flavours and spicy oak lift on the finish. The dry conditions of the Cromwell basin add notes of wild herbs and a firm mineral structure to this Pinot Noir. Enjoy from early 2016 till 2022+. This wine will age gracefully for these years and will be most enjoyed with lamb and game dishes.
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