Perfumed, exotic dried herb aromas, with vibrant red fruit character, cherries, and ripe tamarillo notes. There is a seamless integration between bright acidity and subtle muscular tannins; both support the clarity of flavour and drive the wine to great length. This wine shows complex varietal characteristics; with refined finesse and great ageing potential. It is an excellent example of cool climate Pinot Noir.
A warm spring, early summer with even flowering and a good fruit set promised a good vintage. The summer went on for ever and finished slowly with warm autumn days and cool nights. The promise was kept. Hawkshead Pinot Noir is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels (40% new) and was bottled on 17th March 2009.