Central Otago "China Terrace" Pinot Noir 2015, Gibbston Valley
Following the 2013 China Terrace we tried the more recent 2015. Picked on April 12th this pinot noir had a long ripening period due to the relatively cool summer. Reflecting the reduced sunshine compared to normal the wine has a medium cherry colour and a floral nose. The new oak aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and clove have not yet been integrated. Much less fruit on the initial nose than on the 2013. Tangy cherry fruit with a lacing of cranberry. Medium to light body. Much less weight and richness than the 2013. Shows significant vintage variation and people who enjoyed the 2013 could be miffed by the minor adjustment to the price (NZ$65) for a wine that offers far less. This is still an enjoyable well made wine.