From the Cellar: Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir Central Otago 2010 – $$
This Pinot Noir was the top wine at that Under-$30 NZ Pinot Noir tutored tasting I wrote about recently. It was then included in the Over-$30 NZ Pinot Noir tasting that followed, and showed very well in that company also.
From their website, “Grasshopper Rock is one of the world’s southern most vineyards, established in 2003 and dedicated exclusively to pinot noir.[ ] The vineyard is situated on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The site enjoys high sunshine hours by day and very cool temperatures by night and is sufficiently harsh and difficult to make the vines work their hardest.”
Champion Wine of the Show Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
Champion Pinot Noir Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
Cuisine magazine Top New Zealand Pinot Noir 2012
and, now….Deep carmine blush…13.9% alc.
Bright floral aromatics – red cherries and pink roses. Hint of thyme, with some gamey savouriness and spice.
Red berry fruits on the front palate, a bright line of acid, complexity and layering on the mid-palate, and a long finish with spice. I see slight under-ripeness at the death which I guess is the quid pro quo for the florality on bouquet.
Bright and forward. A wine to think about and savour, and a very good expression of Pinot Noir at an affordable price.