Mount Dottrel Pinot Noir Central Otago 2010 – $$$
Mount Dottrel’s 42 hectares of vineyard lies at Parkburn, 10km north of Cromwell in Central Otago, positioned on the flats at the base of the Pisa Range, and overlooking Lake Dunstan. The vineyard is situated on glacial schist – low-fertility, alluvial soils typical of the Cromwell Basin. The consulting viticulturists have a link to Mt Difficulty.
This wine exhibits a ruby colour. 14%. Pleasant herby nose, some rough-sawn boxwood and spice.
The initial attack shows a warm fruity balanced wine. Grippy tannins come through on the mid-palate with ripe red cherries and plums to finish. Medium-bodied. Medium ambition, but delivers the producer’s intentions to be an honest, unpretentious pinot. Better than good. BTG 3+