2015 Devil's Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir
New Zealand: Central Otago
The Devil's Playdrink
By unanimous decision among our tasting panel members, we’ve declared that today’s Rockburn Wines 2015 Devil’s Staircase Central Otago Pinot Noir is the best New Zealand wine that we’ve ever shown.
This 91 point wine (which deserves a higher score!) is a devilishly great wine. At today’s price, you’re getting a steal of a deal.
Beautifully aromatic, with fragrances of Bing cherry, black cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, cured beef, oak, chocolate covered cherry, bramble, sweet spice and flint.
Incredibly delicious on the palate, with abundant flavors of Bing cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, wild strawberry, clove, savory herb, dusty bramble, flinty mineral and mixed spice.
Devil’s Staircase wines are inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Sourced from several Central Otago vineyards, Devil’s Staircase Pinot Noir is a beautifully balanced wine, with equal parts Nice (lush fruit flavors) and Naughty (spice and earthiness).
Very highly recommended.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
91 points - Wine Spectator - “Generous and plump, with blackberry, raspberry coulis and plum flavors that are round and velvety. Vanilla bean and warm clove accents emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2027.”
Light ruby red hues, from core to edge, with perfect clarity throughout.
Bing cherry, black cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, cured beef, oak, chocolate covered cherry, bramble, sweet spice and flint.
Bing cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, wild strawberry, clove, savory herb, dusty bramble, flinty mineral and mixed spice.
This wine starts bright and sweet, with fresh fruit flavors. Then, as the wine settles onto the palate, a plush dryness also appears, driving spice and minerals to the far corners of the palate.
Enjoy this flavor-packed, food-friendly wine with grilled prawns, grilled lobster tail, spaghetti with meatballs, BBQ ribs, burgers, steaks, chicken… Are you getting the picture? This wine is very flexible!
What the Winery Says
- Malcolm Rees-Francis
- Central Otago, New Zealand
- 10 months in 35% new French oak
- Harvest Date
- 30th March-1st May
- Bottling date
- 1st March 2016
- 4.9 g/l
- < 1.0 g/l
- 6,245 cases