MK II pinot noir 2013
winemakers comments: the MK II Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine grown on the MK II vineyard in the Parkburn sub-region of the Cromwell Basin. It is a unique and captivating site on a north facing frost free slope. The wine is predominately made up of a parcel of Abel clone Pinot Noir that grows on a slight ridge within the block. We favour the grapes that grow there because the vines seem to struggle more than the rest of the block, and the fruit that is produced has smaller bunches and more intense flavours as a result. It is very spicy and the fruit is elegant and sinewy on the palate. We also pick at the same time a smaller amount of clone 777 & 667 on the gentler slope directly below the Abel. This parcel gives the wine good tannin structure and fruit weight.
An intense bouquet of black cherry and currants, with cranberry notes, all framed in dark spice aromas. On the palate the crunchy black cherry fruit dominates, supported by mouth coating velvety tannins and they combine to deliver excellent mid to back palate weight and structure. The finish is a flavoursome, long and sustained display of power and elegance.
|harvest: 21st April 2013
|in bottle: 8th Sept 2014
5 stars, 95 points
"MK II is a vineyard in the Parkburn district of Central Otago.