2012 GeorgeTown Pinot Noir Central Otago
Rich, concentrated and quite complex Pinot with bright red cherry and plum flavours together with a hint of fresh herbs and spices. Quite burgundy-like. Elegant wine that is accessible now but promises to age well.
Even, dark ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with intense aromas of fresh, ripe, dark red berry fruit entwined with savoury thyme herbs, dried herbal elements, sour cherries and game notes. Some complexing secondary undergrowth nuances are beginning to emerge. Medium-full bodied, tight and well-concentrated fruit flavours of dark red berries and black cherries show with sweetness and succulence. The fruit intermingles with dried herb, nutty oak and earthy detail, and is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction. Bright acidity enlivens the mouthfeel and the wine follows an elegant, sinewy line, leading to a long and sustained, fresh-fruited finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, fresh, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with complex, herb and earthy notes and a sinewy palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6+ years. Hand-picked fruit given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., with approx. 15% whole clusters, the wine spending 24 days on skins total and aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. 325 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2012 Pinot Noir is scented of kirsch, red currant jelly and black forest cake with nuances of fallen leaves and cloves. Medium bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, it has very fine tannins and good persistence. (LPB)
Georgetown Vineyard is one of the most fascinating blocks of vines in New Zealand. Planted in 2002, in a "Burgundian" manner, the vines are very high-density planted with only a few feet in between rows/vines. The vines themselves are trellised super low to the ground—just above knee high. Now well established with roots 10-feet deep, the vineyard is almost entirely dry grown with very minimal irrigation. Combine this with the high-density planting and it is easy to see why this unique little vineyard produces some very distinctive and very good Pinot Noir! Owner/viticulturalist Ian Dee is well known around Central Otago as an all-around great guy and very talented grape grower with 17 years of experience. He meticulously tends his vineyard entirely by hand. When it comes to winemaking, for the 2012 vintage Ian called upon the skills of Mount Edward owner/winemaker and Central Otago legend, Duncan Forsyth, to give shape to the Georgetown fruit. The combination of this very special vineyard and Duncan's talents in the cellar are majestic. The wine is spectacularly pure and refined. Lifted spiced red fruits with darker edges, star anise, nutmeg, sandalwood notes, and warm earth. There is a lot of fruit and concentration but it's all perfectly in line, silky and supple. The wine has a very polished texture and super-fine tannins. Excellent length and focus on the palate. Really quite Burgundian with its linear intensity. Ryan Woodhouse (K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer)