Invivo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

"Deep purple, with cherry hues – The nose is a wall of ripe plums and cherry compote with toasty espresso and a hint of earthy wild thyme. The palate is dense with a solid core of fruit in the mid palate and finishes with fine, well-structured tannins. This powerful wine is showing great promise in its infancy but the patient among us will be well rewarded with ageing."

Rob Cameron, Winemaker

Specifications

Country New Zealand
Region Central Otago
Vineyards Lowburn, Northburn, Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn
Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Brix at Harvest 24.5-25.2
Cellaring 1-10 years
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Rob Cameron

Analysis

Residual Sugar <1g/L
pH 3.6
TA 5.6
Alcohol 14.3%

Reviews

“It's beautifully ripe on the nose displaying red cherry, plum, floral and subtle nutty aromas, followed by a juicy palate that's smooth and lingering. A nicely expressed pinot showing silky texture and elegant complexity. At its best: now to 2017.”
4 Stars, Wine Orbit Magazine
“Medium ruby-purple-colored and showing notes of cherry compote, black raspberries and red currant jelly with hints of star anise and charcoal, the full-bodied 2012 Pinot Noir is bursting with tons of red and blackberry flavors in the mouth and is complimented by a low to medium level of velvety tannins and balanced acid through the finish with good length. Drink it now to 2016”
87 Points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"Fragrant and complex, with floral overtones of violet and plumeria to the fresh plum, black cherry and cassis notes. Fleshy and crisp-edged, this turns toward mineral details on the finish. Drink now through 2027."
Wine Spectator
"Gentle florals suggestive of jasmine and lilac usher in a plush, focused mouthful. Sweet red and dark fruit flavours, seasoned with oak spice, flow effortlessly on a mattress of smooth tannins. The perfect partner for a classic beef bourguignon."
Cuisine Magazine
"Bright, spicy Pinot Noir with moderately concentrated plum and dark cherry flavours together with a seasoning of nutty oak and a roasted chestnut-like savoury character. An accessible and appealing wine that offers value at this price."
Bob Campbell MW
"The 2012 vintage was grown in the Cromwell Basin and at Gibbston, matured for a year in French oak barriques (35 per cent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Already delicious, it is a weighty (14.5 per cent alcohol), very sweet-fruited red with excellent depth of vibrant plum, strawberry and spice flavours, good complexity and a well-rounded finish."
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2015
"Quite fruity with plenty of red cherry fruit and sweet plum suggestion; a stony and light wild herb mix adds complexity and depth. On the palate – fruity, dry, fresh and lively with medium+ acidity, moderate oak and a light earthy stony quality; balanced and well made with medium length and a light rose kick at the end."
Cameron Douglas MS

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Winemaking

Hand harvested fruit was de-stemmed into small open fermenter’s and left to cold soak for around 7-10 days until the musts warmed enough for indigenous yeasts to initiate fermentation. The small parcels were then hand plunged 3 times a day and left on skins for up to 3 weeks post fermentation. The lightly pressed young wines were then transferred under gravity to new (35%) and seasoned Burgundy barriques (Saury, Francois Frere, Mercurey, Demptos). The wine was left to undergo malolactic fermentation in the spring and finally blended in late summer. Invivo Pinot Noir 2012 has not been fined and only lightly filtered and is designed to be a pure expression of the vineyards and so is made with minimal intervention and ultimate respect for the fruit.

Harvest date: 13-21 April 2012

Awards

  • Silver Medal

    2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition

  • 87 Points

    Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • Silver Medal

    2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition Asia

  • 4 Stars

    Wine Orbit Magazine

  • 4 Stars

    Winestate Magazine

  • 89 Points

    Wine Spectator

  • Silver Medal

    Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014

  • Silver Medal

    London International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014

  • 5 Stars & Best Buy

    Cuisine Magazine

  • 90 Points

    Bob Campbell MW

  • Silver Medal

    International Wine Challenge 2014

  • Best of Style 2014

    Winestate Magazine

  • Michael Cooper's Best of 2014 Releases

    Winestate Magazine

  • 4 Stars

    Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2015

  • Bronze Medal

    New World Wine Awards 2014

  • Bronze Medal

    New Zealand International Wine Show 2014

  • 4 Stars

    Cameron Douglas MS

  • Silver Medal

    Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015

  • 92 Points

    Huon Hooke