2012 Pisa Range Estate "Black Poplar Block" Pinot Noir Central Otago
Sophisticated, silken Pinot with plum, black cherry, thyme and mixed spice flavours. More refined than usual with no less power. A haunting, perfumed wine showing a great deal of finesse. Drink 2014-2022
A dark sheen of meat and spice sitting across this ripe dark fruited pinot that delivers a wealth of fragrance and almost citrusy, pomegranate tinges. The palate is supple, ripe and dense with a convincing middle palate fruit presence, dark spicy cherry fruit flavours abound and there's a faithful tannin undercarriage too.
The cranberry and ripe strawberry flavors have a terrific spicy edge and touch of cigar box on the finish, with polished tannins. Drink now through 2025. (Web-2014)
A spectacular new release from this stunning property in Central Otago. The "Black Poplar Block" is specially selected from and old block of vines and crafted with the upmost attention to detail. The wine shows a lovely interplay between density and power with elegance and finesse. This wine was a real highlight for me during a recent trip to Central Otago where the 2012 vintage is shaping up to be one of the greatest ever! Limited quantities available (Ryan Woodhouse K&L NZ Wine Buyer) GOLD MEDAL - 2014 San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition - June 2014. 93-95 Raymond Chan: "Fruit from the 'Black Poplar' block from vines planted in 1995. Hand-picked, aged one year in 33% new French oak. Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with light purple hues. The nose is tightly bound with refined and subtle aromas of black cherries, dark raspberries, dried herbs, oak spices and smoke. Medium-full bodied, beautifully elegant and refined, concentrated flavors of black cherries, dark red berry fruit, savory herbs and sweet spices form an intense core. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained extraction and balanced, fresh acidity, providing brightness and vitality, subtly enhancing the fruit sweetness. Detailed nuances of raspberry kirsch, oak and smoke emerge, and carry through to a firm, lingering finish of real finesse. This is a classically structured, elegant and refined Pinot Noir."