Dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is restrained and elegantly presented with aromas of dark red berry and black cherry fruit harmoniously melded with notes of black plums, thyme herbs, liquorice and violet florals. The floral aromatics grow with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate features bright and juicy dark berry and cherry fruit with flavours of spicy black plums and an array of dark red and violet florals. Nuances of thyme herbs add interest. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with lacy acidity providing energy for the fine-grained core. The tannins are fine, providing a firm line leading to a long, lingering finish of dark cherries and violets. This is a bright, vibrant, and aromatic Pinot Noir with flavours of dark cherry and plum fruit with a fine-textured structure and line. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6+ years. Clones 10/5, 667, 777 115, 114, 5, 6, and Abel, the fruit 49% ‘Northburn’ vineyard, 38% ‘Burn Cottage; and 13% ‘Cox Family’ vineyard, Gibbston, indigenous yeast fermented with 15% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins 17 days on average and aged 12 months in 19% new French oak. 1,865 dozen produced.