Brassknocker Pinot Noir 2011
**4-Stars, "very good quality displaying attractive flavours and good balance" - wineorbit.co.nz**
Earthy red/purple colour with a wonderfully tight and fragrant nose, releasing hints of crushed strawberry, raspberry and red cherry; nutty oak with a hint of orange rind seasoning on the palate. Ends seamlessly; poised and super enjoyable.
Bronze - Bragato Wine Awards, International Wine and Spirit Competition (London), New World Wine Awards
Brassknocker Pinot Noir 2011 has a red/purple colour with a crimson hue. The nose reveals cherry and summer berries, a hint of leather with integrated oak and sweet vanillin add depth and complexity that entices you to savour this wine. The palate shows a delicate elegance of black cherries and red berry fruit. The tannins are supple and well integrated, adding length and supporting the palate, completing this very good wine.
The 2011 vintage was an interesting season with a warm spring and first half of summer, followed by cool weather from January to mid March and ending in a warm Indian summer. The grapes were harvested at optimal maturity by hand and mechanical harvester. The wine was fermented in small 6 tonne batches by clone and block, hand plunged to to extract the delicate flavours and nuances. These individual batches were then aged in 100% French Oak barriques for 9 months before being blended and bottled in February 2012.
Best Enjoyed With
This wine has developed well in the cellar and is perfect for enjoying now. Enjoy with good friends and family, serve with lamb, venison or duck.