Locharburn Pinot Noir Central Otago 2013 – gift
The grapes for this wine were grown beside Lake Dunstan in the Cromwell basin from a single vineyard overlooking the Locharburn stream. It is not a label I am at all familiar with.
Dark carmine – a particularly dense-coloured Pinot. 14% alc.
It showed quite dumb the first night, but opened up beautifully graceful the second night
Soft savoury notes on the nose, I smelled dried herbs, very perfumed. There were strong fruit scents of dark cherries, touches of oak and vanilla, red roses, soap and crayon wax. Verging on being a Rhone…
A classic Cromwell Pinot Noir in the mouth. Reminds me of Wooing Tree, Beetlejuice and Mt Difficulty wines from that part of the country. Sweet, rich and ripe. Flavours of dark cherries and plums. Fine-grained tannins. Raspy and textural. Long and hot, with a spicy finish.
Not at all a shrinking violet! I loved it.
Highly Recommended – 93 points