2003 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago


The 14th installment of Wine Bogging Wednesday is my first. This months event was hosted by Jens at Cincinnati Wine Garage and he chose new new world pinot noirs. Jens definition of a new new world pinot noir is one that does not come from the old world nor the west coast of the United States. With that in mind I chose a fantastic pinot from Central Otago in New Zealand

2003 Amisfield Pinot Noir Central Otago

Amisfield Wines  is located 7km north of Lowburn near the shores of Lake Dunstan in Central Otago, New Zealand. Originally a high country merino stud nestled between Amisfield and Parkburn streams, planting commenced in 1999, and now consists of 60 hectares of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The philosophy of wine making at Amisfield is that wine is grown not made. They use a blend of ancient and modern wine making techniques which they say “ensures the wines are true to their site, climate, cultivar and culture.”

The 2003 Pinot Noir is their second vintage The wine was a medium black cherry in color. Bright and fruity nose of black cherry, currant, raspberry, sweet earth spice, licorice, green tobacco. Smooth and crisp in the mouth....with floral fresh crushed fruits of raspberry/currant/cherry, green peppercorn spice, dark chocolate covered cherries, herbs(mint,sage). Well balanced, tangy acidity. Very reminisant of the Acacia Pinot Noir of Carneros in Napa Valley What a super New World Pinot Noir! Screwcap too!

I bought my bottle at K&L Wines in San Francisco but it can also be bought on-line at Wine.com

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