Bilancia Pinot Noir 2006
The aroma of the 2006 Pinot Noir is classic Pinot Noir; cherry and raspberry fruits with floral notes whilst the palate shows these characters expanded through barrel aging in new and older French oak.
The 2006 Pinot Noir was sourced 100% from Glencoe Station, south of Maraekakaho. This vineyard has been the source of every vintage of Bilancia Pinot Noir and provides the ideal climate for growing Pinot Noir; many metres higher in altitude than, and far from, the baking plains of Heretaunga.
The 2006 fruit was destemmed to open top fermenters to allow for hand plunging during fermentation. At dryness the wine was pressed and transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation and aging. The wine spent 15 months in barrel (new and older French oak) prior to bottling.
One of Bilancia’s aims each year is to make a wine that is a pure expression of a variety: The aroma of the 2006 Pinot Noir is classic Pinot Noir; cherry and raspberry fruits with floral notes whilst the palate shows these characters expanded through barrel aging in new and older French oak.
The wine can be enjoyed now and will benefit from five to seven years aging.
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Enticing ruby colour with purple/violet tinge at the rim, the development of a “star anise” spiciness and a familiar scent of violets as the wine unfolds. Drinking well now but has cellaring potential for at least 10 year
Sydney International Wine Competition 2009 Blue/Gold And Top 100 Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 Gold Medal ( the only one for Central Otago!) International Wine And Spirit Competition (London) 2008 Silver Medal
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The 2007 vintage delivered us small, intensely flavoured berries, and we have simply guided this fruit gently through to the bottle with minimal handling. Our “hands-off” approach delivers a pure expression of Central Otago to your glass; rich, intense fruits, delicate floral tones enhanced by nuances of wild thyme, and creamy, silky tannins leading into a long mocha finish. As always this wine shows classic Rockburn elegance, integrity and balance. Enjoy with friends over the next 6-8 years.