2011 Hawkshead Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Hawkshead Bannockburn Pinot Noir Wine Bottle

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Relatively speaking, the world has only discovered the strength of the Bannockburn Pinot Noir quite recently.  Our 2011 Pinot epitomises the quality of this now acclaimed location, proving worthy of this special Central Otago vineyard region.

A multifaceted experience to be savoured, this older Pinot Noir is alive with nuances of redcurrant, blackberry and violet on the nose, and a complex, ever-evolving experience of mouth-filling, satin-like tannins.  Within this delicate balance, there is also rich dark plum, an ever-so-slightly jam-like black cherry and the tiniest hint of autumn wood smoke.  Such careful poise should not be mistaken for weakness, however – the restrained strength of this wine is obvious.


Bob Campbell, MW
The Real Review
5 Stars - 93/100

5 stars
Candice Chow Wine Reviews
18.5-/20pts, Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding
Dijon clones 114, 115 and 777, indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine was aged for 12 months in one-third new French oak.   Full, even, dark ruby-red colour.  This has a firm, deeply packed and voluminous bouquet with ripe black berried fruits, along with fragrant florals, plum jam and spice notes, lifted by a touch of volatility.

On the palate a big and fulsome wine, with deep and concentrated blackberry and plum fruit. The mouthfeel features a firm line and structure, marked by plenty of fine-grained tannin extraction.

The wine is bold and up-front, the grip carrying the rich flavours to a strong finish. 18.5-/20 Jun 2014 Winemaker: Steve Davies 18.5-/20 Jun 2013

4 stars
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2020 Edition
Excellent quality, verging on outstanding
The 2011 vintage was made both this Gibbston-based producer by Steve Davies, using grapes from his Bannockburn vineyard. Hand-picked, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for 15 months in French oak barriques and bottles and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Highly scented, it is savoury and complex, in a less powerful style than most Bannockburn reds, but full of interest. Ruby-hued, with an array of cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, a hint of dried herbs and a good tannin backbone, it has a strong drink-young appeal.

Flavour Profile

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Sub-Region: Bannockburn
Colour: Garnet

The 2011 Hawkshead Bannockburn Pinot Noir has a complex aroma of red and blackberries, violets and cherries. The palate is fluid and mouth-filling. Fine tannins give the wine fibre from mid-palate through to a long and persistent finish. The flavours are rich, with a fine blend of cherry and red plum, briar and French oak. This is a cohesive and concentrated wine with a great future.

Wine Maker: Steve Davies

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