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EXPLORER SINGLE VINEYARD CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2019 Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer Domaine Thomson
NEW in Vintages. Now here is a hefty, flavorful, ripe, complex, Central Otago Pinot Noir that really hits the spot at under $30. It has a fairly deep purple colour and huge nose with some complex, spicy, cardamom, scorched earth and intense, very ripe, plum-black-cherry-raspberry-cassis fruit along with some minerally, sandalwood notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, intense, ripe, Damson plum, black cherry, raspberry-cassis fruit flavours with a lingering, fairly high acid, mouthfilling, extracty, somewhat earthy finish. This is their entry-level Pinot Noir which is 100% estate grown, certified organic and handpicked. Approximately 7% of the fruit was whole bunch to bring out lifted fruit aromatics and the remainder destemmed, not crushed - all of which went into the cuve and barrels for 10 months. It has 13% alcohol, under 2 g/L residual sugar and 5.8 g/L total acidity CSPC 19619
Type Red Table Wine
Agent HHD Imp
Country New Zealand
Region
Rating ***(93 points)
Complex, Dense, Ripe, Earthy
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: Wonderfully ripe and beautifully lifted, the bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, game, toasted spice and floral aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that's supple and lingering. It's gorgeously fruited and expressed, backed by fine chalky tannins, finishing long and pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2025. Score - 94 (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, Oct. 2020) Price $ 29.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - November 27, 2021
Cases bought 168 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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