jamie goode's wine blog: Pinot Noir on a Sunday night

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pinot Noir on a Sunday night

Sunday night. It's a bit of a funny night of the week. A bit like Friday, but more muted. Let me try to explain.

For me, Friday night is time for gathering in. You go home, full of anticipation for the weekend. You draw in your family and close friends. You eat; you drink. You celebrate the successes of the past week; you banish the disappointments. You cease working and begin playing.

Sunday has a similar sense of drawing in, for me. The weekend is almost over, and there is a sense of anticipation for the week to come. Preparation for the next few days ceases as evening draws in, and it's another time for gathering together, eating and drinking. It's like the final few days of summer: you try to appreciate them all the more because there aren't that many left to come. Sunday night is my pause for breath before the week ahead.

Tonight I drink another New Zealand Pinot Noir.

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2005 Central Otago
This wine is all about the fruit. It's bursting with vibrant red berry and dark cherry fruit; sweet, but not overly so. There's an appealing spiciness under the fruit on the palate, with good acidity and a subtle herby tang. Quite primary at the moment, with a juicy sort of character and some tannic structure. There's also a touch of bitter plum character which makes it very food friendly. Very good/excellent 90/100 (UK availability Hellion Wines)

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At 10:19 AM, Blogger Cru Master said...

Hi Jamie

Have you had any noteworthy Pinot Noir from South Africa?

Also how often get samples of SA wine to review, or just source yourself?

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Good question. There aren't many good ones, from my experience - just the likes of Bouchard Finlayson, Hamilton Russell and Glen Carlou. I'd be interested to try more.

In answer to your other question: I get sent some samples from SA, but typically try the wines at tastings or visits. I do buy bottles for reviewing, but not as much as I used to.

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Cru Master said...

Thanks, I'm just interested in the kind of exposure our wines get in, what is now an important medium, blogging - especially on the more relevant sites.

as for pinot noir - if you do find good examples here, they are usually very highly priced which doesn't make the varietal that accessible for wine lovers here.


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