Pisa Range Estate, Pisa, Central Otago – Run 245 Pinot Noir 2014
Raymond Chan – www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz – 16.5+ / 20
Run 245’ was the pastoral tenure number of the land given in 1866. Dijon clone fruit from vines 11-13 y.o. on the flat block, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged one year in one-third new French oak barriques.
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is fresh, bright and tightly bound with elegantly concentrated dark red berry and black cherry fruit aromas intermixed with reductive minerally notes. The aromatics grow in intensity, revealing dark herb and iron-earth detail. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of black berries and cherries are well-concentrated and sweetly expressed with lusciousness and a degree of fleshiness. Minerally reduction, dark herbs and earthy elements add to the flavour interest. The wine follows a soft-textured, fine-grained tannin line, with soft acidity adding to the drive and line. The palate leads to a long, lingering finish of bitter black cherries and minerals. This is a tightly concentrated and fine-featured black fruited Pinot Noir showing some youthful reduction. Match with venison, game and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4+ years. 16.5+/20 Jul 2015 RRP $34.00
‘Run 245’ was the pastural tenure number given to this Central Otago land in 1866. Since that time it has rewarded those who have walked it – now producing very distinctive wines. The ‘Run 245’ label is crafted from a blend of the younger Estate pinot noir Dijon clones. Hand harvested this wine has matured in French oak for one year.
Grown at Pisa – a warm district of the Cromwell Basin, careful management of the vines kept crop levels low producing good quality small-berried fruit. The 2014 season was very typical for Central Otago with a long dry autumn allowing slow ripening – with the fruit going into the winery in excellent condition. Hand harvested on 8 April 2014 this wine has matured in French oak barriques (one third new) for one year. Bottling took place in March 2015. Minimal intervention is practiced both in the vineyard and in the winery to allow this wine to express its ‘sense of place’.
Colour: Deep garnet
Bouquet: Floral notes with subtle oak
Palate: Plum/cherry with spicy notes
leading to a long lingering finish
Cellar: 5-7 years
Region: Pisa – Central Otago
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.0% alc.
Maturation: Mix of seasoned and French oak barriques