Perfumed pinot

Gibbston Valley China Terrace Pinot Noir 2016, Central Otago, NZD $65

Quite a perfumed pinot noir with violet, red berry, plum, spice, thyme and nutty oak flavours. A taut, focused wine with surprising power evidenced by a very lengthy finish. The use of 50% whole-bunches in the ferment has added a sappy spice character and additional structure suggesting good cellaring potential, although it makes the wine a little tight and hard to read right now. (Screwcap)

Score: 94 ★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Angus flank, salsa verde

Stockists: Gibbston Valley Wines (AU & NZ); Wine Box, Auckland (NZ); Eurovintage (NZ distributors)

Ranked #16 of 59 2016 Pinot Noir from Central Otago

Price Benchmark: NZD $46.07 Avg 94pt 2016 Pinot Noir tasted from New Zealand

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