Mount Difficulty, Pinot noir, Bannockburn, Otago, New Zealand, 2013
This wine: varietal pinot noir, screw cap closure, 14% abv, Waitrose Cellar, £26 (08/16)
Consumer tasting note: quite understated, an opening nose of creamy black and red berries edged with toast and spice, morphing into toasty black berries, leaf humus and liquorice; medium-full bodied, fresh acidity with smooth ripe modest tannins, with a palate slightly floral on entry, then creamy black berries supported by stewed red cherry, with red liquorice. A medium-long length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium (+) intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of cream-edged blackberry, lightly toasty and spicy, slightly high-toned dried red berries, old polished wood, stewed red cherry, warm leaf humus, bit smoky, whiffs of waxy black cherry, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours opening slightly floral, then creamy black berry, edge of black cherry, cold stewed red cherry, spice, red liquorice and a fleeting edge of wood. A medium (+) length with a clean black and dried red berry finish.
Quality: good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol, all in keeping with a decent flavour intensity; quite understated, whilst showing decent complexity from time in well-integrated oak and bottle, with a tertiary dimension, fair concentration following into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years.