Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2010

Central Otago has been one of the most talked about areas in the New World for the production of quality Pinot Noir. So much so that everyone has stood up and taken notice. The area is a haven for cool climate winemaking so when this came across my desk, I immediately took out a huge glass.

Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2010

This is a beast of a Pinot with wild flavours of field plums and fresh picked cherries before a hulk of an oak derived tannin structure and warmth from the alcohol kicks in on the mid palate. If the alcohol can work itself out then you have something really special on my hands but at this stage the two areas of distraction just took over for me. This is still a very good wine with a hefty price tag from an area that commands big dollars for entry.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $80
Rated: 87
Drink: Not now
Importer: Red + White

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