Hawkshead - Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2008

The nose leads with floral notes, sun-warmed briar rose and sweet spice to a complex and precise palate. The revealed flavours of violets, black and boysenberry jam with a hints of barrel char. The texture has a lovely silky feel with fine grained tannins. This is a rich yet almost weightless wine with many parts to explore, subtly balanced from the start to the persistent long finish.

Selected rows of grapes were hand harvested and then fermented naturally in small open tanks, without the addition of yeast. Constant and diligent attention and hardly any intervention took place while the wine aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for 11 months.

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