2012 Delta "Hatters Hill" Pinot Noir


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A more serious version of Delta's excellent regular label with greater concentration and complexity. Plenty of dark fruit flavours are underpinned by an earthy, savoury richness and spicy oak. Approachable now but promises to age very well indeed.
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review
The Brief
How's it taste?
It's deep ruby red in colour, with a nose that is rich and concentrated. Fragrant aromas of dark berries and ripe plums, integrated with lifted notes of violet. A complex palate, complemented by smoky hints from French oak. Elegant tannins lead to a a rich flavour that lasts.
How was it made?
Fruit was hand-harvested in separate batches then destemmed, but not crushed, into small open-top fermenters. 10% of 'whole bunch' was retained for tannin complexity. These fermenters were used to reduce the amount of alcohol in the resulting wines, which in turn helped to improve balance, eliminating the hot, 'spirity' characters of many new world Pinot Noirs. After a five-day cold-soak to stabilise the colour, fermentation took place at temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius, with frequent gentle hand-plunging. The majority of the batches were pressed off skins at the end of fermentation. However, 15% of the tanks were left to soak on the skins for a further week before pressing to enhance the colour and tannin structure. After settling to remove solids, the wine was racked to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing on light yeast lees. The wine was then blended and bottled after ten months of ageing.
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94 Points
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review
A more serious version of Delta's excellent regular label with greater concentration and complexity. Plenty of dark fruit flavours are underpinned by an earthy, savoury richness and spicy oak. Approachable now but promises to age very well indeed.
Expert Review
Expert Review
94 Points
Bob Campbell MW
A more serious version of Delta's excellent regular label with greater concentration and complexity. Plenty of dark fruit flavours are underpinned by an earthy, savoury richness and spicy oak. Approachable now but promises to age very well indeed.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
Just starting to show some maturity, it is complex and fragrant on the nose displaying dark berry, smoked meat, clove and cedar characters. The palate delivers fruit concentration and weight, enhanced by silky texture and firmly structured by fine, chalky tannins, finishing long and savoury. www.deltawines.co.nz.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
Just starting to show some maturity, it is complex and fragrant on the nose displaying dark berry, smoked meat, clove and cedar characters. The palate delivers fruit concentration and weight, enhanced by silky texture and firmly structured by fine, chalky tannins, finishing long and savoury. www.deltawines.co.nz.
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Jancis Robinson MW
Bright garnet. A lightly underripe note on the nose. Polished tannins and a sort of deliberately dry finish after some surprisingly cassis-flavoured fruit. Correct but not thrilling. Score: 16/20
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