Wild Earth Pinot Noir Reserve "Earth & Sky" 2012

The wine has a nice purple colour with purple hues. Perfumed dark cherry and plum fruit on the nose with spice, leather and chocolate, together with a hint of char. Rich and concentrated flavours of dark fruit with hints of spice, leather and coffee along with some toasty oak on the palate. A complex, structural wine with ample fine grained tannins and a long, lingering finish

Awards and reviews
5 Stars, 96 points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
5 Stars, 19.0-/20 - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Jan 2017
4.5 Stars, 93 points - Bob Campbell MW, August 2017
Silver - International Wine Challenge 2017, London
Silver - New Zealand International Wine Show, 2017
Bronze - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017
4 Stars - Winestate Magazine May / June 2017
4 Stars - Cuisine Magazine 2017

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The fruit (Pinot Noir clones 777 & 10/5) comes from Bannockburn vineyards and was hand harvested on 13 & 19 April 2012 respectively. The fruit was destemmed into two stainless steel tanks to undergo a period of cold soak, before being inoculated with selected wine yeasts to carry out the fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barriques for approximately 12 months, of which 34% was new oak. This wine is comprised of a 50/50 blend of the two best lots.

International Wine Challenge 2017, London:
"Crunchy, strawberry and cranberry fruits on a fine structured palate with enriching oak spice"

Bob Campbell MW, August 2017:
“Soft and accessible pinot noir, with ripe plum and cherry flavours and a solid seasoning of spicy oak, plus the beginning of some savoury, Bovril bottle development”. 4.5 stars, 93 points

 Raymond Chan, January 2017:
"Even ruby-red colour with garnet hues, lighter on the rim. This has a fulsome, solid and deeply packed bouquet with a complex amalgam of savoury ripe red berry fruits entwined with subtle layers of dried thyme herbs, undergrowth, mushrooms, earth and cedar. Full-bodied, the palate is fulsome and rich with mouthfilling flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit harmoniously melded with dried herbs, undergrowth and game notes, along with nuances of earth, mushrooms and cedar. The fruit sweetness is balanced by fine-grained tannin structure, with integrated acidity lending drive and tension. The fruit is carried to a long, complex, savoury-flavoured finish of berry fruits, dried herbs and game. This is a rich, complex, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with savoury red berries, dried herbs and undergrowth flavours on a balanced, structured palate with underlying energy. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8+ years. Hand-picked fruit from Bannockburn, clones 777 and 10/5, destemmed and fermented to 14.3% alc, 19.0-/20".

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit:
"Beautifully perfumed and seductive, the bouquet shows mature fruit, mixed spice, cedar, truffle and violet characters with a hint of dried herb complexity. The palate is powerful yet refined, and offers outstanding weight and texture, brilliantly structured by fine, polished tannins. Totally delectable. At its best: now to 2024". 5 stars, 96 points