2018 Kelly Washington Pinot Noir, Central Otago

A wine of two temperaments. The 2018 Gibbston Pinot Noir shows the effects of a riper season, with soft tannins and a profile of warmer red fruits. Yet is still characterised by the heady perfume that encompasses earthy and herbal notes, fine tannins and bright, juicy acidity that is the hallmark of the Gibbston sub region.

2018 Kelly Washington Pinot Noir, Central Otago

A wine of two temperaments. The 2018 Gibbston Pinot Noir shows the effects of a riper season, with soft tannins and a profile of warmer red fruits. Yet is still characterised by the heady perfume that encompasses earthy and herbal notes, fine tannins and bright, juicy acidity that is the hallmark of the Gibbston sub region.

Jancis Robinson

Cooked cherries and warm cured tobacco leaf (still soft) but also a very tiny hint of farmyard. I like the acidity on this. It has point. Pomegranate. Exotic spices. Porcini mushrooms in cherry syrup. Draped in a swag of gleaming brocade tannins. A rich, dark, dressy Pinot – very Otago, very confident, forthright.

16.5 Points

By Tamlyn Currin / August 2021