2011 Mount Edward Estate "Muirkirk Vineyard" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago
Full, even, ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on the rim with a brick tint. This has a firm and intensely concentrated bouquet of savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit packed with a complex amalgam of dried herbs, whole cluster stalk notes and nutty oak. This has richness, density and secondary complexity on the nose. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fresh and lively with plenty of power and underlying drive. The vibrantly rich dark-red berry and cherry fruit is intermixed with complexing dark herbs and whole bunch stalk detail, and nutty oak elements. The fruit is framed within a structure composed of fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction, and enlivened by mouthwatering acidity. This has plenty of body and presence, and carries to a long, rich, sweet-fruited and well-textured finish. This is a rich, vibrant, well-structured Pinot Noir with succulent dark fruits and complex herb, stalk and nutty notes, the wine showing some secondary flavour development. Match with lamb, beef, venison and semi-hard cheeses over the next 7-9+ years. Clones 5, 6, Abel and MS, from the ‘Muirkirk’ vineyard, Bannockburn, vines planted from 1996, indigenous yeast fermented with 50% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in seasoned French oak.
Pinot that’s been made with a light touch to produce a wine of purity and power. Dark cherry, spice, fresh herbs and a gamy, barnyard-like character perhaps from bottle development. Silken-textured wine offering an array of interesting flavours.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby with a hint of purple, the 2011 Muirkirk Pinot Noir has an earthy / herbal laced nose over a core of cranberry, Bing cherries and wild strawberries. Medium bodied with a fresh, red berry character with plenty of earthiness, it gives a long herb laced finish. (LPB)
Medium red. Captivating aromas of red fruits, spices, smoke and earth are lifted by ineffable high notes of orange zest and rose petal; reminded me of a Chambolle. Then sweet, round and pliant in the mouth, but with no lack of grip to its red fruit, spice and earth flavors. Deeper, richer and a bit oakier than the regular Central Otago bottling, and firmer--even a bit youthfully bitter-edged--on the shapely finish. In a distinctly Burgundian style, this wine may merit an outstanding rating with a couple more years in the bottle. (ST)
Winemaker's Notes: "Muirkirk Pinot Noir gives you a very textural wine, plenty of breadth and depth, with slightly darker flavours associated with bannockburn yet with elegance and lightness that our Mount Edward house style brings. An elegant wine, 2011 brings a lighter more delicate style than warmer years. Defintly a wine for people who enjoyed grace over concentration We have held this wine back for later release, by doing so the wine has gone from pure fruit with light tannins to a savoury and more herb driven wine, lots of funk developing. A super interesting and more old world than new world style pinot. No filtration or fining, deposits may form. Muirkirk vineyard is situated on Felton Road in Bannockburn on a gentle north west sloping corner. This wine is about single site expression, a small limited parcel that shows the true characters of our vineyard within one of Central Otago’s greatest sub regions."