Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand
Central Otago is renowned for its stunning scenery of rugged mountains and picturesque lakes. Rockburn is bounded on the west by mountains whose seaward slopes are covered by rain forest, to the east is a barren, moon Iike landscape that receives less than 25mm of rain a year. Situated between these extremes, Rockburn's vines yield a stunning wine, one has only to taste a Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir to be completely won over by it's elegantly perfumed nose, lifted violet fragrances and earthy, forest floor sensations on the rich, generous palate.
Pinot Noir clones 10/5 and 5, 6 and 115, 667 and 777 are harvested off vines trained to vertical shoot position. A mostly Parkburn wine from fruit grown to a top cover of 10cm to 15cm loam soils over river gravels, a minor component of Gibbston fruit comes from a somewhat similar terroir. Windy climes enjoying plenty of heat and mid summer light yield parcels of well ripened, reduced Pinot Noir berries. Fruit is place into seven tonnes fermenters and treated to several days cold soak followed by a week of ferments and daily plunging. Upon completion, batches are macerated for a week or two before transfer to a selection of seasoned and new, exclusively French oak barrels for ten months maturation. Alcohol 13.9%
Dark purple. Lifted nose of blue florals and intense raspberry/ cherry fruit, delicate florals enhanced by of dark chocolate notes. A pure expression of Central Otago on the palate, deeply layered with vibrant flavours of red and black cherries, rich mocha characters and forest floor complexity, all supported by a length of supple silky tannins, resolving on a long, lingering, fully aromatic finish. Pinot Noir of remarkable elegance, integrity and balance.