La Bella Rosa Pinot Noir 2022
Our Vintage Notes: Perfect ripening conditions. Grapes picked 23rd April. Long, warm summer, hot and dry in March and April. No disease pressure at all. No frost pressures. Some of the best ripening conditions we've seen.
Vineyard: La Bella Rosa - Gibbston, Otago
Harvest Date: 23 April 2022
Bottling Date: 09 March 2023
Intense floral with a broad spectrum of very bright red fruit. Notes of mid ferment (raspberry, wild thyme) with an element of "mystery". Earthiness.
On the palate it is broad and silky with fine grained tannins. A herbal edge with classic raspberry and a hint of caramel. Great balance of fruit, tannins and acid. Slightly more structured than previous vintages and should age very well if left well alone.
96pts The Candice Wine Chat
Fruit for our wine, La Bella Rosa is sourced exclusively from Mt Rosa Lodge planting of Pinot Noir (clone 777). Sitting at 482m above sea level, one of the highest Vineyards in New Zealand.
Our Pinot Noir was first released in 2008, the very first vintage from this small, unique and privately-owned single vineyard site. Our wine is made on a very small scale, only 4- 5 barrels are produced each year.
Candice Chow Review @TheCandiceWineChat
Dark ruby-red with a purple hue, even colour throughout. This has a generous, lush bouquet, penetrating aromas of raspberry, red cherry and sour plum, melded with hibiscus, herb and sweet spice. Medium-light bodied, raspberry, red cherry and young plum aromas entwined with hibiscus, thyme, cinnamon and a touch of liquorice. Savoury, earthiness emerged and lingered as time stood still. The mouthfeel is silken with filigree tannins, light as a feather. Lively acidity accompanies elegant fruit and sweet spice in harmony. This Pinot Noir has a delicate expression of all things nice and a sleek, long, sweet finish. Match with quail and rabbit terrine over the next 6-8 years.
19+/20 pts (96 pts)