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2018 Charteris Pinot Noir
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- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2020-2026)
- ABV 13%
- Closure: Stelvin
A superb Central Otago Pinot that saw 20% whole bunch inclusion and maturation only in older French oak. Dark red in colour with black tinged edges and a light bright red hue. Perfumed violet, dark cherry, ripe strawberry and anise scents fill the olfactory senses trailed by forest floor, dried herb and spicy cedar notes. Showing terrific intensity, power and purity of fruit are rich dark to black cherry, ripe strawberry and anise flavours which are underpinned by elements of forest floor, dried herbs, subtle smoked meats and spicy cedar. Supple mouthfeel with silky tannins, good freshness and a long moreish aftertaste.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Central Otago pinot noir from various blocks of the Winter Vineyard.
I tasted this among a range of pinot noirs and it stood out head and shoulders. You’re only as good as your competition of course but the truth is that the quality here sits firmly and squarely. It’s beautifully spiced and the cut of tannin is noteworthy. I always like it when structure and spice stand out before fruit, though there’s nothing underpowered about the latter. It’s a boysenberried pinot with smoke notes and florals. There’s both a ripeness and a juiciness to the palate but there’s also an emphasis on dryness. It’s a most impressive wine. Drink 2020-2027.
Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front