the Viper Pinot Noir 2013
winemakers comments: the Viper Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the Vipers vineyard in the Parkburn area on the western side of Lake Dunstan. The vineyard takes it name from the wildflower Vipers Bugloss that covers the area. This vineyard sits on an undulating terrace above the valley floor. The soils are predominantly silt loam over schist gravel. The terrace enjoys moderate temperatures and a long growing season. Ripening tends to be late into the season as the daytime temperatures are cooling. The cooler ripening tends to produce spicy wines with dark fruit flavours and density on the palate. The Viper is always made from the Grandstand block in the vineyard, and the wine always stands out as uniquely in the cellar as it does in the bottle.
wine notes: the complex bouquet displays floral tones, dark red cherry fruit, with spice and dried herb earthiness in the background. Quite dense cherry fruit gives way to fine mouth coating tannins that push the cherry and herbal flavours to the back of the palate for a long lingering finish.
|harvest: 19th April 2013
|in bottle: 9th September 2014
5 stars, 95 points