Doctors Flat Pinot Noir 2018

Doctors Flat Pinot Noir 2018

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By the bottle $59.99
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95 POINTS: Bob Campbell MW

This superb Bannockburn wine is our best discovery from Central Otago. Steve Davies made wine for Carrick and Akarua before developing his own vineyard, which also supplies the iconic Valli Bannockburn Pinot label ($70 bucks a bottle). With a place in the official NZ Fine Wine List and an average Bob Campbell score of almost 96 points (a category where the average price is $80 a bottle), this wine has quality and pedigree to burn. Subtly powerful and refined in the glass, its darkish fruit is finely packed around a supple core of depth, freshness and mineral layering. A big leap over other Central Pinot at the price, drink this now or cellar it a good while.

"Produced from grapes grown in a 3-ha Bannockburn vineyard with 480, 000-year-old soils comprising clay, fine silt and gravel. A rich, weighty wine with intense plum, dark cherry, cassis, raspberry, floral and violet flavours. It improves with a little aeration before serving."
- Bob Campbell MW

"Roaring with tamarillo, rhubarb and wild cherry on the nose and palate, followed by a whack of dark cocoa and roasted spices, makes this an exciting wine for fans of Central Otago pinot noir for sure. It’s got character, style and charm. Brisk acidity and sandy, chewy tannins indicate there’s merit in making sure you appreciate it in a large, swirlable glass so that you can give it a whoomph of oxygen. And definitely consider stashing some away in the cellar until 2030 (if you’re disciplined enough)."
- Yvonne Lorkin