Balancing Act (R.E.W.) Pinot Noir Central Otago 2011 13.5%
N: Varietal, with a mix of fresh and older cherry and light red fruit aromas: the wine smells older than it looks (looks young – ruby rich and pink); the oak signature is quite gentle with some spice influence, a touch of youthful woodiness and vanilla.
P: A fruity, dry and pleasant tasting red wine; the flavours of light red fruits along with the oak and tannins make for a pleasant drink. What I don’t note in this wine is the Central Otago signature of wild thyme, undergrowth and rich dark cherry fruit suggestions. This is not a requirement, but makes me wonder about the effects of the Res V on the natural and pure side of Pinot Noir.