This wine has a concentrated sweet berry fruit nose with integrated oak. The palate is very spicy with intense black currant and boysenberry flavours with velvety tannins and a generous long finish.
Location: 45 Degrees South
Low cropping estate grown grapes were hand harvested in April 2007 from Aurum’s 45th Parallel and Te Wairere vineyards in Central Otago.
Climate: 2009 was a very warm season and fruit reached optimum ripeness.
Vine Age: 7-12 year old vines on VSP trellis.
Winemakers’ comments: The grapes were destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 11 months.
Acidity: 5.4 g/L
5 Stars – Bob Campbell
“Rich, luscious and charming minor fruit bomb style that reminds me of the 2007 vintage. Great length and intensity with a featherbread texture. Ripe tannins offer structure and prevent any suggestion of cloying. Classy Pinot.”
4 1/2 Stars – Michael Cooper, Winestate