Chard Farm Viper Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $79

From a tricky, back-to-front harvest season, the pinot noir from Chard Farm set solid form.  Sourced from their Viper vineyard located in the Parkburn area on the western side of Lake Dunstan. The site takes its name from the wildflower ”Vipers Bugloss” that carpets the area. This vineyard sits on an undulating terrace above the valley floor and the soils are predominantly silt loam over schist gravel, which gives the wine intense minerality and a savoury backbone that keeps ribs of baked cherry, raspberry, redcurrant and dried herbs held high.  Velvety, smooth, warm and woolly, it has elegance and weight and superb length of flavour.