Central Otago "Gibbston Valley Reserve" Pinot Noir 2014, Gibbston Valley
If the NZ wine authorities create official classifications for the seven districts in Central Otago I imagine they will have a headache dealing with a winery which is named after (and in a sense created) one of the districts. This reserve wine is produced primarily from the Schoolhouse vineyard. Reflecting the 14.5% alcohol this wine has a rich, unctuous plum colour. The aroma is heavy on the plums (ripe), with hints of tobacco leaf, sweet French thyme and black cherry lurking in the background. Lovely texture on the palate from superb black cherry fruit interwoven with ripe red apple freshness. This is a suave wine, think Frank Sinatra's voice in a glass, with integrated acidity, good fruit tannins, more substance from the oak without it protruding. This very successful pinot is ripe, long and incredibly tasty. At the price of NZ$120 (€81) from the cellar door.