Central Otago "Schoolhouse" Pinot Noir 2015, Gibbston Valley
The "Schoolhouse" vineyard is located in the Bendigo district and is produced from vines planted in 2001 some of which are clones from UC Davis designed to cope with higher altitudes. Red with purple tints, this pinot from the emergent Bendigo district in Central Otago has a warm berry nose, hazelnut sauce, manuka tree honey and purple heather. Reflecting 30% whole bunch fermentation and 25% new oak barriques this is a structured wine with medium plus tannins (more tannic than most Central Otago pinots) and medium plus acidity due to the higher elevation. Cooked blueberry and red rhubarb fruit flavours this Bendigo Pinot needs two to three years to integrate and open up. Interesting and reflective of the terroir.