Amisfield Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
On release this is a classic Amisfield Pinot Noir showing the hallmark characteristics of dark fruits, leather & spice with an underlying hint of savory earthiness. The palate is crammed with deep ripe fruits, fine grained tannins reminiscent of good quality dark chocolate and lively acidity to give the wine life & length. Definitely a keeper from this stable.
Drink with rack of lamb in our famous Bistro, served with wilted spinach, raisins and toasted pinenuts.
Australian Wine Companion - "Has retained strong purple hue; a rich, medium- to full-bodied pinot with an abundance of dark plum, black cherry and spice fruit; good balance, and has years to go. Drink to 2017."
Wine Enthusiast - "Amisfield has been on a hot streak, and the 2007 continues that roll. The aromas show wonderfully high-toned cherry fruit, with a slightly herbal element that adds welcome complexity. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied and richly textured, with its black cherry fruit framed by a hint of vanilla. Long and lush on the finish, this looks to be at its best now and for the next several years."
Wine Spectator - "Bright and focused, with a lively balance of acidity to the ripe currant and floral flavors, persisting nicely on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2015. 7,000 cases made."
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Amisfield Vineyard 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. Nestled between Amisfield and Parkburn streams planing commenced in 1999 and now consists of over 100 acres planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc with considerable expansion possibilities.
The winemaking approach at Amisfield is one of minimal impact on the extraordinary fruit produced from season to season, making the wines a natural expression of the land from which they are created. The overriding winemaking philosophy revolves around the fact that quality wine is grown not made. View all Amisfield Wines
About Central OtagoView a map of Central Otago wineries (oh-TAH-go)
The southernmost vineyards of the world lie here in Central Otago. Unlike most other New Zealand appellations, Central Otago is inland - nestled right in the middle of the southern island. Its lack of proximity to water creates weather more continental than maritime, leading to big temperature shifts – hot during the day, significantly cooler at night.
Notable FactsThe region's continental climate, paired with the variety of soils found in the area, make Central Otago perfect for growing the finicky Pinot Noir grape. Covering almost 80% of the area planted with vines, Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety, and the wine it creates from the region is receiving rave reviews for its balanced purity and intensity. Some Chardonnay is grown here, but Pinot is king.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.