Our love affair with pinot noir shows no sign of disappearing and nor should it, with such great wines from diverse locations.
Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir - 2012Mahi's winemaking focus is to develop palate texture rather than put an emphasis on presenting upfront primary fruit. This wine is a fine example at a reasonable price and has complex savouriness, is delicate and with slightly more red than black fruit notes. Perfect with white meats and game.
Mahana Pinot Noir - 2012This Upper Moutere Nelson producer is certified organic, fast establishing a reputation for fine wines. From glacial clay bound gravels comes excellent fruit, treated with kid gloves. Hand-harvested, finely selected grapes produce a wine with fine-grained tannins, highly aromatic and beautifully integrated flavours. Unfined, unfiltered and bottled by a gravity process. Very much a wine made by minimum intervention.
Te Rehua by Escarpment - 2012Larry McKenna strides the Kiwi pinot noir landscape with an enviable reputation. His Martinborough Escarpment Vineyard continues to showcase excellence.
The single vineyard Te Rehua from his insight series is a personal favourite. From 21-year-old vines, this is classic New World pinot noir. Ripe fruit flavours and soft gentle tannins, black cherry and plum with hints of herb and earth.
Available at heraldwine.co.nz for a limited time, courtesy of Glengarry and GrabOne Bottle.
- John Hawkesby