Pinot Noir is sometimes described as the iron fist in the velvet glove but in the case of the 2007 Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir, I would think a swede glove might be a better analogy. It is certainly powerful ‘a la’ iron fist but the glove isn’t quite velvet. A little more coarsely textured and not quite as soft as the description “silk” would have implied. Still this is an impressive wine that has aged well.
From one of the coldest and most rugged parts of Central Otago, this will reflects it’s growing environment perfectly. It is powerful yet beautiful at the same time but certainly not delicate. Blood red and dense in colour. Lifted aromas of mixed berries – blackberry, raspberry and blueberry are all there, roses in summer, pencil shavings and a touch of spice. The palate was dark berries mirroring the nose with sour cherry, tar, anise and a slightly plummy finish. It is nicely balance with good length and persistence. The tannins are slightly chalky and drying. It matched perfectly a hearty casserole of pork with beans and mushrooms.