Central Otago Pinot Noir Vintage 2012 - What our Queenstown guiding team thinks!
In a nutshell a great vintage, beautifully balanced wines, well structured and most will have the ability to improve with age through to 2020.
Some notes from a recent blind tasting of 6 of our favourite wines:
Amisfield 2012 Pinot Noir
None of us had tasted this before as it is still to be released. The wine has an attractive smoky, earthy nose with hints of Indian spices and dark stewed plums. The palate is powerful with intense plums flavours, a touch of spice and velvety tannins. Overall we thought it was drinking very well now with superb balance, great length but still worth tucking away for a few years. 18/20http://www.amisfield.co.nz/
Mount Difficulty 2012 Pinot Noir
The Mt Difficulty Pinot had a more Burgundian style with barnyard characters on the nose and hints of dried herbs and violets. The palate was medium bodied with bright red berry fruits, some lively backbone acidity and firm tannins with spice notes on the finish. It would be a great match with food now but 2-3 years cellaring should see the tannins soften and the wine open up more. 17/20http://www.mtdifficulty.co.nz/
Gibbston Valley 2012 Pinot Noir
One of the darkest of the Pinot’s in this line-up the nose was intense and quite complex with fresh crushed red-berries, a hint of aniseed and a touch of Mocha. The palate was velvety and voluptuous with intense flavours of red berries and dark spices well matched with firm tannins. Overall this Pinot Noir still displayed a very youthful character with great aging potential. 18.5/20www.gibbstonvalleynz.com
Carrick 2012 Pinot Noir
The Carrick Pinot had a pronounced nose of dark, ripe cherry fruit and Xmas pudding characters with leathery notes. On the palate it is rich and powerful with dark plum, spicy flavours, soft and velvety tannins and a nice amount of acidity to keep lively. A superbly balanced wine already that is drinking well now but could easily be cellared for another 5+ years. 19/20 http://www.carrick.co.nz/
Chard Farm Mata Au 2012 Pinot Noir
A deceiving Pinot with a quite light and subtle nose of raspberries and an underlying gaminess. The palate was fresh, lively and spicy and rewarded the tasters when revisiting the wine with excellent structure and subtle tannins. A wine with lovely balance that is drinking well now. 17/20http://www.chardfarm.co.nz/
Peregrine 2012 Pinot Noir
The last Pinot in the line-up had delightful spicy, dried herb nosed with a hint of aniseed following through to a medium bodied palate of plums, liquorice and some herbal notes. This wine has excellent tannin structure that should see it cellar well in the medium term. 17.5/20http://www.peregrinewines.co.nz/ #centralotago #pinotnoir #queenstown