John Forrest Waitiki Pinot Noir

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The grapes for this John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir are hand harvested from a 5 hectare vineyard, crafted only in the best vintages. The wine is garnet in colour with heady aromas of black cherries, blackberries, spice and forest floor with a touch of dried herbs. Quite broad on the palate, full and round with sweet flavours of blackberry and cassis, underpinned with earthy, dusty notes and a touch of tar. Silky tannins finish off this beautifully balanced, powerful, structured wine.

Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Subregion: Waitaki Valley
Vintage: 2012
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Heady and dusky
Drink With: Barbecued rump of lamb

"These wines are a tribute to my friend and mentor, the late Howard Patterson, a visionary who recognised the viticultural potential of the Waitaki Valley. Cocooned by mountains on all sides, the Waitaki Valley wine-growing region lies 40km inland from the Pacific Ocean, stretching a mere 20km between Duntroon and Kurow on the southern flanks of the Waitaki River. Here, gentle north-facing slopes allow successful viticulture similar to Central Otago, with 1000+ growing degree days. Unique to the region, however, are the soils - free-draining river gravels, inter-layered with the ancient limestone seabed. This combination of unique soil and climate gives Waitaki Valley wines their own distinctive personality, while still reflecting characteristics typical of Otago."

"Nestled close to the town of Cromwell is the tortured yet beautiful landscape of Bannockburn, a town created by miners during their search for gold in the 19th century. Here, vineyards are made up of glacial loess deposits, mixed by the miners, overlaying river gravels. Our vineyard, situated on north-facing terraces at the head of the Bannockburn inlet of Lake Dunston, has a special microclimate that gives natural protection from both frosts and cold, southerly winds and permits extra ripening by the late autumn sun. Bannockburn’s natural advantages, not to mention its natural beauty, make it the most sought after wine grape growing region in Otago, and it consistently produces Pinot Noir that excites and amazes the world of fine wine. I count myself fortunate to have such unique terroir at my disposal." John Forrest

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