The Last Chance Earnscleugh / Alexandra
Climatically Alexandra was more benign than Gibbston this vintage, although crop levels were affected by inclement weather late in spring and a cooler start to summer. Dominated on the nose by black cherry, spice and hints of mineral and thyme aromatics, this wine is a true expression of its terrior. The soft elegant layers of the wine roll across the palate, which is characterised, by a persistent finesse and a beguiling depth and subtlety of flavour. This elegant and distinguished Central Otago Pinot Noir will reward cellaring.
Winemaker's Notes Fermentation was dictated by separate clonal difference. Again a mix of fermentations was used, including whole bunch selection. Fermentation occurred over a four-week period before the wine was transferred to small French oak barrels, using a mix of 30% new with a range of one to three year old barrels. The wine was aged in barrels for 11 months before bottling on May 2, 2005.
Vineyard: Stephen and Jim Moffitt.
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
|Award / Reviewer||Date||Rating||Review|
|Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews||Apr 2007||16.5 Points||Read More|
[screwcap; some whole bunch, cold soak and extended cuvaison to 4 weeks with wild yeast; 11 months in French oak 30% new]
Cherry red, a little deeper than the First Paddock. Bouquet is more red fruits, less floral than the sister wine. Palate is firm red cherry, with a suggestion of hardness like under-ripe red plums, a little more concentrated than the First Paddock, not as concentrated the ’04 Carrick, needing to mellow in bottle a couple of years. Like the First Paddock, this too is remarkably akin to a minor Beaune or thereabouts wine, in a cooler year. Cellar 3 – 8 years.
|Cuisine, Issue 119, November 2006||Nov 2006||Read More|
Named after an old miner's water-race on the property, Sam Neill's two hectare vineyard near Alexandra has yielded a supple wine, full coloured, with fresh, intense cherry, plum and spice flavours and savoury, complex notes. It's a stylish, elegant wine, developing well.