Amisfield Pinot Noir 2016 ~ Central Otago NZ
94/100 Bob Campbell
93/100 The Wine Front
91/100 James Suckling
90/100 Decanter Magazine
85/100 Wine Enthusiast
93/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage)
92/100 Wine Spectator (2015 Vintage)
91+/100 Stephen Tanzer (2015 Vintage)
91/100 Vinous by Antonio Gallon (2015 Vintage)
91/100 The Wine Front (2015 Vintage)
91/100 Decanter Magazine (2015 Vintage)
90/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW Wine Advocate (2015 Vintage)
Decanter Magazine, "Dark, pure black fruits with well-handled spiced oak. Nicely resolved tannins. Fresh. Scented and slightly jammy red with a backbone of sappy tannins."
James Suckling "An attractive array of both floral and fruity aromas with red cherries leading through to the palate is fresh, vibrant form. The tannins carry a lot of flavours. Fresh finish."
Amisfield was established in 1988 and has a reputation for quality wines, especially Pinot Noir. Their state-of-the-art purpose built winery is the focal point of the vineyard, and gathered global attention when visited by Will and Kate on their Royal tour of New Zealand.
Established in Central Otago, Amisfield produces beautiful pinot noir and aromatic white wines sourced from fruit grown on its Estate vineyard beneath the Pisa mountain range in the Cromwell Basin. Over 80ha is currently planted, and the majority of the vines are over ten years old. Amisfield philosophy is simple: minimal intervention in the winemaking process and ultimate fruit purity.
Amisfield is currently in conversion to full organic certification with New Zealand’s leading body, BioGro.
Central Otago, near the bottom of New Zealand's South Island, vies for the title of world's most southerly wine region. Vineyards cling to the sides of mountains and high above river gorges in this dramatic landscape. Pinot Noir has proven itself in this challenging terroir and takes up nearly three-quarters of the region's vineyard area. The typical Central Otago Pinot Noir is intense and deeply coloured, with flavours of Doris plum, sweet spice and bramble.
Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.
The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of the forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibits notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavour spectrum of Syrah.