Jackson Estate’s Somerset Vineyard is located on the Waihopai Valley road, and is a planted on a classically Pinot-friendly area of loam, gravel and clay. This small hand-harvested vineyard yielded only 228 cases in 2011. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration. An intense and concentrated red fruit character forms the backbone, while perfumed aromas of violet and rose petal accompany hints of spice on the nose. Refined and silky on the palate. Ready to enjoy now, but will develop further complexity over 3-5 more years’ careful cellaring.