Penkridge Farm Pinot Noir 2021


A boutique Central Otago Pinot Noir that stands very tall for the price.

A blend of two clones, 10/5 and Abel, the 2021 vintage was a relatively smooth growing season with average temperatures and rainfall but higher winds. A dose of wild weather around bud burst, and rain around flowering didn’t impact on the resulting fruit. Beautiful high quality fruit was hand harvested early, starting late March and finishing up in the first week of April.

"Deep ruby-red, moderately transparent, lighter on the rim. The nose is rich and broody, with dark cherry and plum aromas melded with herb, vanilla and spice. Medium-full bodied, aromas of dark cherry and plum enriched by thyme, black pepper, cinnamon and clove. The flavours are savoury and bound with a hint of earthiness. The mouthfeel is velvety with smooth-grained tannins. Balanced, integrated acidity lengthens and drives a sustained finish. This savoury Pinot Noir possesses concentrated dark fruit, entwined with dark herbs and spice on a refined palate. Match with roasted duck and lamb over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from Pisa, 50% clone 10/5 and 50% Abel, fermented to 14% alc, aged 9 months in French oak, 25% new oak. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Sep 2022 RRP $40" 5 Stars, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews