The Michelle’s range of wines has always epitomised the very best of what we do. The attributes we look for when selecting and blending this wine are power, purity and elegance. Each candidate barrel is carefully observed throughout the year and eventually we focus on 4-5 barrels that display these qualities, but also blend together in harmony.
The 667 clone from Bannockburn, always the mainstay of this wine, is joined this vintage with some 10/5 from Gibbston Valley. The latter adding a bit of exotic all-spice character to the nose and complementing the bold, silky power of Bannockburn.
The nose offers heady scents of blue and blackberries with undertones of plum compote and a hint of espresso. The palate delivers all of this and more in a deeply concentrated wine with layers of tightly held flavour. The mouthfeel is full but well focused with a bright natural acidity – also responsible for its intense purple hue. The 2020 Michelle Central Otago Pinot Noir is a powerful wine that will yield great enjoyment over the next 12-15 years.
Although our wines are not certified as vegan, we do consider them to be very vegan friendly as no animal products are used in their production.
Gold, Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition
Silver, Global Pinot Noir Masters 2022
95 points, 5 stars, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: “A splendid juicy attack of dark plums and cherries combined with toasted spice, cedar, earthy mushroom and cocoa notes, it’s concentrated and weighty with plush mouthfeel and layers of complex flavours. Stylish and gratifying with excellent structure and a lengthy velvety finish. At its best: now to 2030.”
91 points, Winestate Magazine
4.5 stars, Winestate, Best of NZ Recent Releases
100% Pinot Noir
Predominantly clone 667
Region: Central Otago
Subregion: Legends Terrace Bannockburn, Gibbston Valley
Cellaring: 1-14 years
Bottle size: 750ml
Winemaker: Rob Cameron
Closure: Stelvin cap
$240 per case of 6 bottles
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