2013 Mount Michael Pinot Noir

Year: 2013
Appellation: Central Otago
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"Mineral, plum and spice flavors are wrapped in a muscular structure, with black tea and dried floral accents on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,800 cases made. -MW" (WS)

"A ripe style-possibly too ripe for some-this borders on cherry-chocolate liqueur. The tannins are meltingly soft, the weight is ample and the texture is plush. Drink it by 2020 for its hedonistic charm." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The grapes for this wine were hand picked from one vineyard – Mount Michael

Wines home block at Lowburn on the banks of Lake Dunstan in Central Otago. Fermentation was very traditional – open topped tanks, hand plunged, indigenous yeasts and a portion of whole bunch included in each fermenter. A month on skins for tannin development prior to gentle pressing, combined with maturation in French oak barriques (50% new) for 12 months before minimal filtration and fining has resulted in a beautifully balanced and elegant wine. This wine is ready to drink now with decanting if given time to breathe. You will be rewarded with time and patience.