Saturday, 11 January 2014

Hawkdun Rise

Hawkdun Rise Pinots Noir Tasting - Five Vintages

2008 - A very special wine from a challenging vintage. Gentle ruby red hues with garnet nuances.
Now that this wine has had five years in bottle it is ready - gentle mature bouquet of lite red fruits and a little plum with a light savory edge and a touch of mushroom. On the palate a wine that is quite light on its feet with an equally gentle flavor profile - that said there is complexity as well as the combination of bottle age, moderate tannins, medium acidity, quality fruit and smart wine making. Balanced, medium length and medium complexity.
4 Stars

2009 - Garnet with Burgundy hues.
A fragrant and fruity bouquet with Old Rose , mushroom and cinnamon spiced cherry plus light red fruits; overall a medium+ complexity.
On the palate - quite a youthful wine still with a tart edge to the fruit flavors especially the cherry; savory flavors with medium+ brown spices; the oak is still integrating into this wine - that said the tannins show a fineness giving a layer of texture and length. Balanced, medium+ length and complexity. Still the charmer.
5 Stars

2010 - Youthful red, plum red hues, bright.
A very youthful and bright bouquet with a mix of light red fruits, medium+ oak - sweet vanillin; fine almost exotic light savory edge.
Palate follows what the nose suggests - with a lush edge to the fruits, persistent medium+ acidity; youthfully firm yet fine medium+ tannins. The fruit flavors suggest Central Otago but also a lightly tart edge with a plum note. Balanced with medium to medium+ length and complexity.
4 Stars

2011 - Youthful and raspberry red hues, day bright appearance
A vibrant and expressive bouquet with savory dried herb layers alongside some 'classic' Pinot Noir fruits of raspberry and cherry then a little English Breakfast Tea and even a light Cola suggestion.
The palate follows the nose well with an emphasis on the savory side (today) highlighting the integrating oak. There is plenty of fruit concentration here as well; medium dusty fine tannins, medium+ acidity; Balanced with medium+ length and medium+ complexity.
One to keep.
5 Stars

2012 - Ruby pink hues, very bright.
Lots of raspberry and sweet plum fruit alongside a vibrant youthful lick of oak; crisp acidity with medium+ tannins that carry a fine chalky note; Balanced with medium length and complexity.
A wine that is overall very good and will easily stand up to a few more years in bottle (2-3); I can see this example working well on wine lists as a by the glass option.
3.5 Stars

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