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.
This looks quite spicy and complex, with saffron and Moroccan accents, some bright dark-cherry and plum fruits, and toasty oak tapped in deep. The palate has sheet-like tannins that are fine and ripe, and build evenly through a core of dark-plum flavor. Finishes with conviction and depth. Drink now.
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.)
What a stunning bottle of Pinot! It has a simply amazing combination of richness and decadence with brightness and finesse. This bottle really shows why so many people (including myself) believe the Central Otago in New Zealand is producing some of the world's finest Pinot Noir. This K&L exclusive Direct Import is grown on a tiny terrace vineyard directly overlooking the majestic Kawarau River as it surges out of the mountainous Gibbston Valley. The soil is a magic combination of metamorphic schist and heavy clay silts lending both power and minerality. The wine has lots of ripe dark brooding fruit, plum, dark cherry, forest berries and warm earth. The wine is also rich texturally with super fine silky tannins that beautifully caress the entire palate. As the rich fruit subsides on the finish this wine morphs again to express some of the typical gamey, earthy notes and the distinctive whiff of freshly picked wild thyme that distinguishes its Bannockburn origin. Lovely Pinot for heartier dishes like roast pork, duck and wild mushrooms. This tiny boutique property sits at the end of Felton Road and has some quite illustrious neighbors. Our Direct Import means we can offer this wine at ½ the price of some of its' competitors of similar quality. This is a serious deal not to be missed...when it's gone it's gone for good. (Ryan Woodhouse K&L NZ Wine Buyer)