Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2013
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. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of spring and autumn frosts, providing a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of premium pinot noir.
Fine, pretty nose; pure and ripe, blessed with layers of toasty oak, raspberry, strawberry and just a hint of chocolate and spice. To taste it's no less toothsome, with sparkling intensity and vibrancy, delivering reams of cinnamon-kissed, creamy red fruits. Beautifully poised and with great tension. Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Continuing their refined style, the 2013 offering delivers excellent depth of flavour and richness together with elegant complexity. Gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, plum, mixed spice and floral with a hint of cedar lead to a focused palate that is richly textured and beautifully framed by bright acidity. Long and engaging, lingering and delicious. At its best: now to 2023. Rating 94 Points & 5 Stars; Date Tasted: Feb 2015. Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
Moderately dark ruby-red colour, with light purple hues on rim. The nose is gently full with rich, ripe fruit aromas of dark cherry and raspberry fruits harmoniously interwoven with thyme herb notes and subtle oak elements. Some raspberry liqueur detail unfolds with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate features a soft-textured, smooth and integrated core of ripe, dark raspberry fruit entwined with thyme herbs and a hint of minerally reduction. The fruit has a gentle sweetness and lusciousness balanced by supple, fine-grained tannins. Soft acidity enhances the seamless flow and the wine carries to a very long, sustained finish with dark cherry notes and refined tannin textures. This is a supple, smooth-flowing and harmonious, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with real beauty. Match with poultry, pork and Asian fare over the next 5-6 years. Pinot Noir clones 5, 777, 115, 114, Abel and 667 destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barriques. Rating 18.5+/20 Points & 5 Stars; Date Tasted: March 2015; Raymond Chan – Raymond Chan Wine Review
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