Smoke and spice on the nose initially, very complex and intriguing. There is black cherry, blackberry along with notes of warm iron and earth. Some classic Bannockburn aromatics here.
The palate is tight and coiled at this stage, hinting at the concentration and depth of this low yielding vintage. There are red and black cherry along with a line of dried herbs (sage, thyme) from the whole bunch fermentation inclusion. The tannins are firm but fine, framing the fruit on the palate beautifully. This gives a lovely long finish, with tamarillo and cranberry notes. A satisfying glass of Pinot Noir now, it will reach a peak in 3 years and hold for a further 5 years.
Lovely aromatics jump from the glass – jasmine and lemon balm florals. Crunchy green pear and white peach, along with a touch of Meyer lemon. This warm vintage has a bright and crunchy expression of Pinot Gris on the nose. The palate has a lovely finesse, a touch of phenolic grip as a hallmark of the site, and some stoney minerality as well, which provides tension and drive. While enjoyable now as a bright and refreshing style of Pinot Gris, it will benefit from another 12 months in a bottle, and hold for 5 years.
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