2018 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir, Bannockburn, New Zealand (750ml)
This 2018 Pinot Noir opens with vibrant floral notes, savory brown spice and earthy notes on top of a core of red cherry that flows through the aroma. On the palate, supple and layered, bright red cherry notes introduce the wine. As the wine dwells on the palate layers unfurl, revealing silken texture. Fine tannins rise gracefully and are slowly displaced by a tang of acidity and more vibrant red cherry notes on the long finish.
Quite an intense, rich, red and dark-cherry and red-plum nose. There are some sappy and spicy elements on offer, too. The palate has such smooth, fleshy and fluid texture with bright red cherries sitting up on the finish. Drink now.
- James Suckling, 93 pts.
The 2018 Bannockburn Pinot Noir features subdued, brooding aromas of cherries, cedar and sous-bois, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate framed by some chunky tannins. It's robust without being unapproachable, turning silky on the lingering finish. It should drink well now (with a little aeration) and for at least the next 6-7 years.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 90 pts.
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