2011 Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Rockburn Estate Vineyards
New Zealand: Central Otago
This is a very lovely New Zealand Pinot Noir. For under $19, this wine is a stellar value.
The winemaker’s approach to this wine - and all of his winemaking - is relatively hands off. Winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis lets Mother Nature do her thing. This results in a wine that delivers a true sense of the terroir that is unique to the Central Otago.
If you love Pinot Noir, you’ll really enjoy this bright, juicy, food-friendly wine.
Dark garnet at its heart, with a slightly hazy, rustic ruby fringe at the edge of the glass.
Well balanced and aromatic, with black cherry, well ripened blackberry, and subtle notes of fresh forest floor, clove, espresso bean, and black pepper spice.
Delicious and incredibly easy drinking. The palate is highlighted by lush fruity notes of black cherry, boysenberry, and slight blueberry balanced by sweet tobacco leaf, cedarwood, hints of freshly picked mushrooms, black pepper, clove, and a touch of sage.
A lovely Pinot, with velvety tannins, bright acidity, and a well structured finish. The dark cherry notes linger, eventually fading and leaving a touch of black pepper spice on the edge of the palate.
A classic meal of whole roasted chicken, seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil, and served with roasted root vegetables.
What the Winery Says
- Malcolm Rees-Francis
- Four Stars - Wine State Magazine
- Central Otago, New Zealand
- 10 months in French oak