2012 Terra Sancta "Mysterious Diggings" Pinot Noir Central Otago (Previously $20)
Attractive youthful complexity here that ranges through floral aromas, meaty nuances, spice and dark cherry-plum fruit. The palate has grainy tannin texture, plenty of dark cherry-plum flavor and finishes with succulent resolve.
Bright medium red. Complex perfume of dark cherry, raspberry, earth, herbs, lavender, sandalwood and woodsmoke. Supple but juicy and tangy, with terrific spicy, peppery, herbal lift from a percentage of whole-cluster vinification. Lovely subtle sweetness and definition to the sappy raspberry and red cherry fruit flavors. Finishes with firm but fine-grained tannins and excellent energy and spicy length. This winery was only established in 2011. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is good precision to the vibrant and admirably pure middle weight flavors that display good intensity on the persistent finish of moderate depth that is lightly trimmed in a touch of wood.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple-colored, the 2012 Mysterious Diggings Pinot Noir offers aromas of black cherries, black raspberries and wild blueberries with hints of allspice and roses. Medium to full-bodied with a good amount of ripe blackberry character framed by a low level of chewy tannins and balanced acid, it finishes with good length. Drink it now to 2017+. (LPB)
Winemaker's Notes: "This single vineyard Pinot takes its name after an early map by a resident of Central Otago gave a small parcel of land the name "Mysterious Diggings." It is a vineyard of extreme beauty, high in the hills. The sun-drenched, rocky terraces of the Diggings vineyard create a delicious wine with charm, elegance, clean fruit flavors, and length. Beautifully perfumed with a red cherry-like richness and a deep but soft texture. This wine lets the vineyard do the talking. Simply delicious. It is perfect now, but will keep giving for those who delay their gratification for up to 6 years." *Gold Medal in the NZ International Wine Show* *Five Stars and Best Buy in Cuisine Magazine*