Amisfield Pinot Noir ’07 and ’08· Written Wine Reviews
Aug 19th, 2012 | By Jayson Bryant | Category: Written Wine Reviews
A short drive from Queenstown airport, beautifully presented restaurant. The focus here really is on food and not the wine. The service is surly and sharp, not the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude of the rest of Central Otago, which really is the kiwi way.
The food is delicious, but the wine was served way too cold. It’s a great stop en route to Cromwell or Wanaka, but shouldn’t be your only one!
Amisfield Pinot Noir 2007
Deep Doris plum colour. Wet slate, cherries and spice on the nose. The palate is full fruited but has youthful tightness. Fine smooth tannin.
Amisfield Pinot Noir 2008
Dark purple, almost unable to see fingers through the glass. The nose is more feral, with damp cardboard and savoury notes. This is underpinned with dark broody autumnal fruit.
The palate is more refined but has good power and structure. Good length and some edgy acidity.
Amisfield Pinot Noir Rocky Knoll 07
Plum coloured. Delicate white mushroom characters interweaved with candied red fruit and boysenberry, hints of sweet alcohol perfume. The palate is refined, the alcohol is not overly present. Restrained use of oak and finely balanced. Good length and finish.