Monday, 9 March 2020

Carrick Excelsior Pinot Noir 2016

I tasted this with winemaker Rosie Menzies and it was hard to ignore her love for this Pinot.


And although Rosie did not make this wine, you get a clear sense that she wants to produce a mirror image of this in the future.

Named after the coal seam which lies under the Carrick vineyards which was mined during the gold rush period, this is quite intense. Seeing 18 months in barrel, dark cherries and meaty characters play a lead role. Quite supple and fine through the mouth, a touch of dried herbs come late. Pretty scents of dried red flowers keep calling you back. The tannins hold some tension pointing to a long future. Splendid really.

Drink to ten years+

95/100

Region: Central Otago
RRP: $95
Source: Cellar Door

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