jamie goode's wine blog: Another great NZ Pinot

Friday, February 09, 2007

Another great NZ Pinot

Currently, I'm quite excited by New Zealand Pinot Noir. I'd grown up (in wine terms) thinking of non-Burgundian Pinot Noir as a distant second best to the real thing. As grape varieties go, Pinot Noir has proven to be one of the fussiest travellers, making weird or funky or clumsy wines in all but the most perfectly suited sites. Perhaps things are now changing: I'm increasingly coming across non-Burgundian Pinots that I really like, and at prices I can stomach. Here's another:

Pisa Range Black Poplar Block Pinot Noir 2005 Central Otago, New Zealand
Lovely perfumed nose of ripe, assertive berry fruit with a bit of meatiness and some spice. The palate is smooth, sweet and elegant with soft red/black fruits. Taut and spicy with a hint of herbiness and nice structure. It's a wine that successfully combines ripeness with freshness and elegance. Yes, it's new world Pinot, but it is so well balanced. Very good/excellent 93/100 (UK availability: Hellion Wines, www.hellionwines.com)

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At 9:52 PM, Anonymous lagramiere said...

I have to admit that these last few posts are pretty painful to read! It's next to impossible to find non-French wines in southern France. Guess I'll have to "taste" vicariously through your notes.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

But then there are so many great wines in southern france, from the languedoc to provence to the southwest - you should count yourself lucky!


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