Number 55 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!
Number 22 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2007!
Amisfield Vineyards is a producer of fine wine from the Lowburn area of New Zealand's Central Otago region. The region is renowned for producing world class Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines.
The 2005 Pinot Noir has a deep crimson/magenta color. The nose suggests candied fruits, intense dark cherry and mocha characters lifted by toasty french oak. The palate shows lovely sweet fruit and it also has a degree of restraint, in part due to our co-fermentation technique. The tannins are abundant but well resolved and fine.
This wine should evolve into another graceful Amisfield Pinot and will reward cellaring for 5-8 years.
"Suave and ripe, with plush depth to Asian spice, roasted duck, wild berry and black cherry flavors. Crushed stone nuances, judicious oak and sinuous tannins streamline the stylish finish. Drink now through 2011."
This is a well ballanced complex wine that should pair well with mixed offerings. Each year I try to choose an interesting wine for Christmas gifts, and the Amisfield Pinot Noir was this year's choice. I'm not wild about the screw cap, even if it is a higher performance closure.
Bold ripe red cherry fruit with aromas of slate, wet peat and smoky tar, full in body; lush fruit with nice acid. Great buy!!