2011 was a moderate to low yielding vintage due to a cooler flowering period. A long summer with intermittent rainfall set the vineyard up for a fabulous vintage. A long cool autumn delivered Pinot Noir with exceptional balance in pH and acidity.
Hand harvested into 10kg bins
Harvested between 17th March and 12th April
6 tons per hectare
100% Pinot Noir
13.8% alcohol by volume
Medium ruby-purple in color and showing quite a youthful nose with notes of warm cranberries and red cherry coulis over hints of potpourri, dried herbs and underbrush, the medium-bodied 2011 TerraVin Hillside Reserve Pinot Noir fills the palate with maturing red fruit and earthy layers that are supported with a grainy tannin backbone and a long finish.
Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz – August 2013 - 18.5/20 - ★★★★★
‘A barrel selection. Made from a large range of clones, the fruit from 60% ‘Cowley’, 20% ‘Calrossie’ and 20% ‘Eaton Family’ vineyards, indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 5% whole clusters to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 16 months in approx. one-third new French oak. Full, deep, dark ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. This has a full, solid and densely concentrated bouquet of ripe, dark red berry fruits and dark plums, along with complexing notes of spicy oak, and savoury violet florals. Full-bodied, the fruit is a little locked up, bur dark berry and plum flavours emerge in the glass with spicy oak elements. The palate is fulsome in structure and texture, with real weight and presence. Soft acidity lends a rounded edge, but the extract and tannins feature, with some alcohol adding to the power. The flavours are carried to a long, firm, dry finish with dark fruit notes. This is a fulsome and structured Pinot Noir with ripe dark fruit flavours and oak spices. Match with game meat and hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years. 18.5+/20 Aug 2013 RRP $52.00’
‘This is bold and sturdy, yet elegant and delicately structured. The beautifully complex bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, game and truffle characters with a hint of cedar. It's focused and succulent on the palate with velvety texture and plenty of polished tannins. A youthful pinot already showing immense appeal but it will no doubt develop gracefully. At its best: now to 2020. $52.00. Limited availability. Screw cap. Aug 2013.’