The 2010 vintage in Central Otago, NZ produced smaller berry sizes, had less disease pressure and a long ripening period. Ideal conditions to produced a first class wine from Aurum winery.
This wine has a strong cherry, plum and spice flavour with liquorice and peat supported by a supple layered tannin structure.
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes were hand harvested in April 2010 from Aurum Te Wairere vineyards near Cromwell, Central Otago.
Climate : a season of hot dry days and cool nights allowed an extended ripening of clean fruit still holding good acidity.
Vine Age : 7-12 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemaker’s comments: The grapes were destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 18 months.
Dish Magazine June/July 2012
With a glossy magenta colour, it’s a big sexy wine edged with dried herb and aromas of pencil shavings. Solid fruit, ‘dense and fleshy’ and muscular tannins mean this pinot has a lot of future potential.
Winestate Magazine July/August 2012
Finely scented, deeply coloured Lowburn red, French oak-aged for 18 months. Youthful and rich, in a ‘masculine’ style with nut flavours, savoury and complex, and a firm backbone of tannin.
The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, Oct 2012
Deep ruby in color, the 2010 Pinot Noir offers aromas of black cherries, black raspberries and red plums with hints of yeast, black pepper and dried herbs. The medium-bodied palate reveals a relatively structured style with a medium level of grainy tannins and crisp acidity supporting a muscular/earthy flesh, finishing long. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2017+.