2010 Terra Sancta “Jackson Block” Bannockburn Central Otago New Zealand Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.58, 350 cases, $29.99, screwcap. Imported by Terrell Wines, San Francisco, CA. The winery name means “sacred earth or special place.” Sourced from the 64-acre estate that contains four vineyards. This block runs along Felton Road where the vines grow in schist gravels. This bottling is named after Jackson Barry, who ranged the area telling yearns and seeking fame and fortune. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Floral, earthy and fruity (black cherry) on the nose. A full-bodied and delicious attack of blackberry, Hoison sauce, black tea, dark chocolate and spice flavors saturate the palate. A good grip of dry tannins are in line with the fruit load in this very suave wine with a velvety mouthfeel that is particularly majestic. A compliment of oak and a generous, lengthy finish complete the picture. Score: 93. Reviewed February 5, 2016

Winery: Terra Sancta
From article: Revisiting New Zealand Pinot Noir on the Occasion of Spectacular 2013 Vintage