Thursday, September 3, 2009

Carrick Central Otago Pinot Noir 2005

Yes, I am a Mucho Fantastico slut, yeah but what are you going to do! We have all read the quote about life being too short to drink bad wine*. This is true, and I guess I have followed that mantra with most of my posts so far.

So, we know that I am a Mucho Fantastico slut, and the next wine to gain this moniker is the Carrick Central Otago 2005 Pinot Noir. While working at Vue de monde I reckon I suggested this wine, the 2002 and 2003 vintages, probably every second service. This is always a very well made wine.

To look at it you would not pick it as a Pinot Noir. Very dense red, almost blood red. The nose is very busy with game and funk with a little bit of red fruit, not ripe, but just there tingling the nose. The longer in the decanter a more bacon fat itch comes through. Like the nose, there is a lot happening in the mouth with more secondary flavours coming through. The length is long with firm tannins still hanging around, and those secondary flavours being spice – cassia bark and cinnamon noticeable.

Just a great wine with huge complexity and length. Mucho fantastico again!

Drink with BBQ quail
Drink till 2015
Quality cork $40 (mailing list 2007) 13.5% a/v

*I was having a think about this comment, and have decided to rephrase down here; there is no such thing as a bad wine, but only wine that you like, anyone who says such and such wine is bad, is either too caught up in their lofty opinion or has far too much time on their hands (or drinks Barossa Pinot Noir!).


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