Ceres Composition Pinot Noir 2017
It is magnificently composed and delightfully expressed, showing dark cherry, plum, vanilla, warm spice and olive characters with a touch of floral lift. Some savoury floral perfumes add to the interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and firm core of sweet fruit with packed, deep and dense flavors of dark-red and black cherries and berries intermingling with thyme herbs, some whole bunch stalk perfumes and a hint of reduction. The palate is concentrated and beautifully rounded, delivering plush mouthfeel and succulent fruit intensity, leading to a persistent polished finish. At its best: now to 2022.
"Weighty and supple, the 2017 vintage (4.5*) is a ruby-hued, fruit-packed red, mouth filling and youthful. Fresh and sweet-fruited, it has vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, good tannin support, and obvious potential; best drinking 2021+," Michael Cooper, MW
2017 was an interesting growing season to say the least. A wet warm spring enabled fantastic early growth with plenty of moisture in the soil to keep the vines happy. A marked change occurred in December where temperatures dropped and we entered one of the least memorable summers in recent history! Poor weather in December caused flowering to last up to 3 weeks which drove lower crop levels throughout Central Otago. A longer slower ripening period was thankfully finished off by some warmer periods in March which enabled everything to reach full ripeness.
- Pinot Noir
- Central Otago
- Screw Cap