Pinot Noir - Bannockburn 2011

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2011 Pinot Noir - Single Vineyard

Our Pinot Noir is grown on our best soils in a part of the vineyard that has not been touched by gold mining. For almost 100 years fruit was grown here, peaches pears and apples originally and then Apricots at a later stage. It has been said that if you can grow Apricots then you can also grow great Pinot Noir and this has certainly been the case at Domain Road.

The fruit was hand harvested on the 24th and 25th March 2011. Following destemming and a period of cold soak in stainless steel tanks, the juice was inoculated with selected wine yeasts before fermentation. The wine was aged for approximately 10 months in French Oak Barriques, of which 30% were new. Our 2011 Pinot Noir is a vibrant purple hue, with notes of dark fruit, leather, chocolate, and spice on the nose. The palate displays rich dark cherry and plums. This is a medium bodied wine with mouth filling fine-grained tannins showing concentration and a long lingering finish.

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Raymond Chan - For a vintage of considerable variability, the Pinot Noir 2011 (18.0+/20) is one of the freshest and more vibrant. Dark cherry and berry fruit with a little secondary nuance making a show. This combines well with spice elements and oak cedar. The fresh acid and mouthfeel keeps everything alive and adds to the length.

Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation Central Otago
Sub Region Bannockburn
pH 3.62
Ta 6.0
Alcohol 14
Harvest Date 24th and 25th March 2011
Fining Nil