Botanica Pinot Noir 2010 87 Points
One of the most striking and subtle wine label I have seen in a long time, original indeed, with what looks like peach blossom on a dark black ground, it is cool..!!
It should be mentioned the natural cork closure was of very average quality, dry and did break whilst I was opening, too dry..... for the normal consumer I bet they will not buy a second bottle, unless they are 100% agile with a corkscrew!
Bottle purchased (23.02.14) at Wine Concept in Blu Bird shopping mall, Melrose, I invite anyone to visit as their wine selections are one of the finest in Johannesburg.
A full bodied and very ripe Pinot Noir with showy aromatics and amazing concentration of dark red fruits, subtle oaking, however I suspect the barrels used were not entirely and properly clean as hints of musty, wet wood are evident, however there is enough fruit concentration to support for now and over the next 3 years at least.
Best served chilled or let aerate in a decanter or combination of both depending on preferences, as the alcohol are disjointed and is noticeable! and aeration may "burn off" some of the unclean barrel element
A Pinot Noir that could have well scored higher, but the not so clean character forbids higher marks, good savory character with ample nuance was the hallmarks!
Alcohol: high and noticeable | 14 % abv
Notes: perfumed | black cherries | strawberries | gum eraser | violets
Ideal drinking occasions: winter time
Serve with: Vindaloo style lamb curry and fluffy basmati rice
Drink: now until 2019