Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2019
1 or more bottles$80.00
Bob Campbell MW95 points
Cameron Douglas94 points
James Suckling92 points
Set against the backdrop of the majestic Pisa mountain range, Amisfield is one of the largest single estate vineyards in Central Otago.
Classic Pisa sub regional flavours of deep, plush red and purple fruit. A nuanced palate, brought on by the mild vintage is framed by fine silky tannin, interwoven with elegant acidity. There is persistence of flavour and length to the finish which will benefit from aging for the next decade.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
Bob Campbell MW95
""Made from a selection of the best barrels from the Pisa subregion. Supremely elegant pinot noir with violet, plum, spice and subtle savoury flavours supported by fine, ripe tannins. Accessible now but with the potential to develop well with bottle age.""
Cameron Douglas MS94
""Complex and specific with aromas of a rugged Bendigo countryside - rocky, savoury and real. Dark cherry and spicy raspberry, plum and stony mineral layers. A toasty lightly smoked woody scents adds complexity. Firm, youthful and tense on the palate, a young wine with flavours of red berries and red currant, baking spices of oak, firm tannins and plenty of acidity. There’s also lot of texture as well reminding me this wine deserves cellar time to bring all the elements and attributes closer together. Best drinking from 2023 through 2030+. I’m keen to experience this wine again in 12 months.""
"(2018 vintage) "A very complex nose with bright red-cherry, strawberry, wild-herb and spicy-oak aromas. The palate has a bold, fleshy feel with very supple, flavorful red cherries and a nicely wound, smooth tannin core. Drink or hold.""
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The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.
Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.
Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.
The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
Central Otago, located at the southernmost point of the world where wine grapes are grown, is a remarkable wine-growing region that spans over 4,000 square kilometers on New Zealand’s South Island. This spectacular landscape is surrounded by rugged mountains, glacial lakes, and wide-open valleys, which have earned the region a reputation as one of the most scenic wine destinations in the world.
The region is centered around the bustling tourist hub of Queenstown, which is an ideal base to explore the many world-class wineries and vineyards that dot the countryside. The unique soils in Central Otago are characterized by heavy mineral deposits in silt loams that are unlike any other region in New Zealand, resulting in wines with distinctive flavor profiles and complex structures.
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About the brand Amisfield
Established in Central Otago, Amisfield produces beautiful pinot noir and aromatic white wines sourced from fruit grown on its Estate vineyard beneath the Pisa mountain range in the Cromwell Basin.Over 80ha is currently planted, and the majority of the vines are over ten years old. Amisfield philosophy is simple ~ it requires a minimal intervention in the winemaking process and an ultimate fruit purity.