2019 Hawkshead Central Otago Pinot Noir 'Private Blend'

Hawkshead Wine Private Blend Pinot Noir

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Our 2019 Pinot Noir delights with all the fragrant hallmark aromas of Central Otago;
Flowering briars roses, hints of sun-dried earth and wild thyme, red berries and cherries and an intriguing whiff of black currant.  This sweet-smelling promise evoked is kept and flows seamlessly onto the palate and harmoniously blends in with the well-integrated tannins and youthful acidity. The mouthfeel is round and luscious and advances to a long-lasting finish.

No cellar worth its salt should be without a few good Central Otago wines. This Pinot Noir, while drinking nicely now, also provides the perfect opportunity to keep a few bottles for a wonderful experience to come. So the choice is yours. Enjoy this joyful yet sophisticated ready-to-drink wine now. Or let the silk-like tannins and bright acidity of this premium New Zealand Pinot Noir grow into something even more elegant over time.

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Sub-Region: Central Otago
Colour: Bright Ruby

Flavour Profile: Our 2019 Private Blend Pinot Noir has a fragrant bouquet of wild briar roses, red berry fruit, with a hint of black currant and an intriguing faint note of sun-dried thyme in the background.  These aromas flow smoothly onto the palate. Finely grained tannins and refined acidity are beautifully balanced and together with the appealing aromas deliver a joyful yet sophisticated wine with a luscious mouthfeel and lingering length.  This classy Pinot Noir is beautiful to drink now at release but will develop and grow into an elegant wine with the potential to cellar up to 7 years.

Winemaking Comments: Active and careful vineyard management is vital for growing quality grapes. Good grapes make good wine, and the 2019 vintage was no exception, hand-harvested and selected in late April at an average of 23.9 Brix. Spent, on average 26 days on skins, plunged once per day. Pressed at dryness and settled for two days before being racked to barrel. Malolactic 100% went through early and aged in French Oak barrels for ten months. (15.5% new oak) The wine was then lightly filtered for clarification. The wine could show a slight natural deposit. Drinking beautifully now, and can be cellared for 5 - 7 years.

Wine Analysis: pH 3.60, TA 6.3g/L, Alc 12.5%, Brix 23.9
Clones: 114 (2%), Abel (50%), 667 (48%)
Bottling Date: 12th February 2020
Wine Maker: Dean Shaw

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