jamie goode's wine blog: Blind River: another great New Zealand Pinot

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blind River: another great New Zealand Pinot

Very keen on New Zealand Pinot Noir at the moment. Helps feed my Pinot addiction. Let's face it, while the best red Burgundies are peerless, the average quality in Burgundy is low disappointing, and there's not much to like about almost all affordable red Burgundy. But New Zealand delivers in the 10-20 range and seldom really disappoints.

Blind River Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough, New Zealand
Lovely vibrant, fresh, sweet cherry fruit nose with some spiciness. The palate shows complex cherry and plum fruit with a subtle greenness as well as rich spicy character. It's fresh and fruity but there's more to it than just fruit: there's richness and depth, too. A brilliant effort: it's still quite primary but likely will develop well over the next five years. 92/100 (17.99 Oddbins)

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2 Comments:

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Chief of Lab Research said...

I think I remember reading here that you paid a visit to Pyramid Valley on a NZ trip... Mike Weersing is an old and dear friend (and responsible for most my own wine knowledge, so the Rational Denial Lab is his fault). I had a chance to taste his soon to be released Home Pinots. They are astonishing. Farmed biodynamically on ungrafted vitis vinifera and vinified without much intervention. Stunners, as the Antipodeans put it.

cheers,
J David

http://rationaldenial.blogspot.com/

 
At 6:37 AM, Blogger David said...

Jamie, You wrote...the average quality in Burgundy is low disappointing, and there's not much to like about almost all affordable red Burgundy.

When you are next seeing your family 'up north" do pop in to see us and prod me to open a 2005 Pinot from the Cave de Mancy. It's a 8 euro cracker. That'll change your mind abour affordable red burgs!
Best
David
david

 

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