2012 Ellero "Pisa Terrace" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Elsewhere $40)
Silken textured Pinot Noir with supple tannins giving a pleasantly drying finish. Elegant wine with ripe plum, dark cherry, violet, thyme and liquorice. Attractive Pinot Noir from a good vintage. Accessible now but will age well.
Deep, ruby-red with purple hues. The nose is full and packed with aromas of dark raspberry fruit and plums, along with savoury whole-cluster complexities and suggestions of game. Fulsome on palate, the fruit is sweet and juicy with dark berry fruit, raspberry compote and savoury herb and game elements, supported by plenty of tannin structure and fresh underlying acidity. On the robust side, the textures are the feature and indicate the serious depth of the wine, but there is excellent freshness and a racy aspect. I see this as another step up for this label.
From the Pisa district of the region, this is a quite bold, brassy and generously fruited pinot that has plenty of ripe, glossy red fruits, loads of cherry and perfumed lift. The palate has a wealth of deep and juicy fruit that delivers an opulent middle palate, toasty oak rolls in through the finish, good tannin, all very young still.
*Editor's Choice* Hints of rosemary and thyme add a sheen to this wine’s already attractive gloss of black cherry fruit. Meaty and tarry elements add richness and depth to the flavors. This is richly textured and long on the finish. A fine effort from this American-owned venture.
Firm, taut tannins provide a good backbone for the mineral, dried floral and blackberry notes, with plenty of spice box and tobacco flavor on the finish, where the tannins clamp down further. Drink now. 225 cases made. (Web Only - 2015)
Pisa Terrace is the estate vineyard of Ellero. This beautiful small parcel of vines is becoming recognized as one of the best sites in Central Otago with many winemakers seeking fruit from its precious few acres. The quality of the fruit is partly due to its prime location on a terrace of glacial deposits containing schist and quartz gravels and partly due to John and Roberta's constant and precise hand tending of this certified organic vineyard. The site produces Pinot Noir of fantastic purity and ethereal texture. The tannin structure is super fine and elegant whilst the wine has plenty of depth and concentration. The wine shows lots of ripe red fruits, fresh ground spices and rose petals. It's medium bodied and has silky texture and bright, fresh acidity. This is quite an elegant expression of Central Otago Pinot but I love it for that restraint. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)