2011 Black Quail "Estate" Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago (Elsewhere $40+)
A deliciously ethereal texture is the most remarkable feature of this soft and seductive Pinot Noir. Elegant rather than blockbuster style with plenty of power. Black cherry, plum, spice and a suggestion of liquorice and dark chocolate.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright deep red. Inviting aromas of black raspberry, mocha, sandalwood and underbrush are a bit Vosne-like. Nicely concentrated and silky, with good depth to the sweet raspberry, smoke, licorice and mocha flavors. Still a bit edgy on the back but I like this wine's stuffing and loamy dark raspberry soil tones. Finishes with dusty tannins and very good length. In a distinctly Burgundian style. (A second bottle, of equal quality, was broader and more pliant on the back end.)
Stunning Pinot from a tiny organically farmed vineyard on Felton Road in Bannockburn directly over looking the Kawarau River. Lots of dark brooding fruit, rich, fine silky tannins and some typical gamey, roasted, earthy notes that distinguish its Bannockburn origin. Lovely Pinot for heartier dishes like roast pork, duck and wild mushrooms. (Ryan Woodhouse K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Sam Kim Wine Orbit 91 points: "The bouquet is quite gorgeous, displaying red/black cherry, game, roasted nut and truffle notes. It's ripe and rounded on the palate with excellent mid palate weight and texture, leading to a lovely lengthy, silky finish. The subtle savoury complexity makes this a delightful pinot to partner rich meaty dishes. At its best: now to 2017." 93-95 points Raymond Chan: "Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red color. The nose is very concentrated and tightly packed with aromas of black cherries, kirsch and violet florals, unfolding layers of savoury dark herbs, and mineral notes showing complex undergrowth elements in the glass. Medium-full bodied, concentrated flavours of rich and succulent black berry fruits are intermixed with dried herbs, black florals...The fruit is supported and encased by grainy tannin extraction, with bright acidity enlivening the fruit and providing good vitality and drive."