2011 Mount Edward "Morrison Vineyard" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Even ruby-red colour with garnet hues and some depth, a little lighter on the rim. This has a rich, deep and densely concentrated bouquet with aromas of savoury, dark-red cherry and berry fruits entwined with dark herbs and a layering of whole bunch stalk notes, red florals and the beginnings of secondary undergrowth complexities. Medium-full bodied, the palate has richly concentrated flavours of savoury dark cherry and berry fruits interwoven with herb and whole bunch stalk elements forming a rounded core. The palate unfolds undergrowth, red floral and nutty oak nuances that add complexity. The mouthfeel is fresh and vibrant with balanced lacy acidity, and the fruit supported by fine-grained tannin structure providing body and grip. The wine carries to a long, textured, savoury fruited finish. This is a concentrated Pinot Noir with a deep, rounded core of savoury red berry fruit with complexing secondary detail on a vibrant, fine-structured palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Dijon clone fruit from the ‘Morrison’ vineyard, Lowburn-Parkburn, vines first planted 1997, indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in seasoned French oak.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby with a hint of purple, the 2011 Morrison's Vineyard Pinot Noir gives lovely spearmint and cherry aromas with nuances of black soil and rose hip tea. The nice tight knit red berry palate has great concentration and chewy tannins, finishing long. (LPB)
Healthy ruby. Sweet, exotic fruit. Something rather tropical-fruit-like about these aromas but they are much more interesting and complex than most. Tight and disciplined without being too sweet. Long. (JR)
Winemaker's notes: "Vinified in a traditional fashion using open fermenters, hand plunging, natural yeasts and 15 months in French oak. Morrison vineyard grows a textural wine built around fine yet lean tannins and delicate fruits. This year we see the wine displaying perfumed aromatics of floral and herbal notes, a sinewy core of both red and dark fruits all over fine grained tannins. The 2011 vintage grew wines that are delicate, supple and long in length. This is not a big concentrated style but a more elegant and restrained wine showing balance, power and finesse. A wine that will reward cellaring 5-10 years minimum. No filtration or fining, deposits may form. Morrison Vineyard is a 12 ha property with a 7.5 hectare vineyard situated on Wanaka Road in the foothills of the Lowburn and Parkburn Terraces, first planted in 1997. The vineyard is comprised of two main soil types, schist based clay over gravels and fine loam over schist based alluvial gravels, elevation 220m. The vineyard is planted with a mixture of the Dijon Pinot Noir clones and cropped at an average of 35 hectolitres per hectare. Farmed using bio-gro certified organic practices."