Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

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Having followed the progress of Steve Davies’s solo project with interest, it comes as no surprise to see his latest release is as impressive as ever. From the organically farmed Doctors Flat vineyard, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

When first opened it is tight and buttoned down and although there is a delightful crunchy red cherry and raspberry aroma, the nose seems quite shy. With a little air, the palate takes on weight and richness with fleshy morello cherry and black plum flavours emerging, along with cinnamon spice.  There is a background of nutmeg oak but it is very subtle. A vivid, energetic wine that has plenty of concentration and length. If decanted this pinot could be approached now, but really needs another couple of years (at least) to show at its best.

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