jamie goode's wine blog: Amazing Pinot from Danny Schuster

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Amazing Pinot from Danny Schuster

On my last visit to New Zealand, one of the many highlights was visiting Daniel Schuster in Waipara. He wasn't there, but the vineyard was spellbindingly beautiful, and the wines elegantly European in style.

Sadly, the winery went into receivership earlier this year (see this report), and unless the buyer decides to retain Danny and his team, it looks like the wine I'm drinking tonight will become an artefact. It's a shame, because Danny's Pinots are really fantastic, although they've never really received the acclaim they deserve.

Daniel Schuster Omihi Selection Pinot Noir 2006 Waipara, New Zealand
14.5% alcohol. Incredible stuff: richly aromatic nose with dark cherry and blackberry fruit, as well as sweet, subtly meaty, spicy depth. The palate is concentrated and ripe with real intensity, yet it is still elegant with lovely purity alongside the depth of fruit. There's some firm spicy structure, suggesting a bright future for this wine, but it doesn't compromise the elegance and focus. Brilliant. 94/100

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5 Comments:

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Nick Oakley said...

Saw this guy on a very recent 'thunder show' by Gary Vaynerchuk. Most incredible life story and such a passion for wine. Try and find his interview and programme on Wine Library TV

 
At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello there Jamie. Enjoying the blog.

What do you make of Sean Thackrey's Andromeda? I love his other stuff but have yet to try his Pinot - would be interested to hear your thoughts.

All the best,

Matthew

 
At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://tv.winelibrary.com/2009/05/28/talking-new-zealand-wine-and-more-with-daniel-schuster-part-1-episode-684/

http://tv.winelibrary.com/2009/05/29/talking-new-zealand-wine-and-more-with-daniel-schuster-part-2-episode-685/

 
At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

Yes, as Jamie implies, the vineyards and winery have been sold so this will be the last vintage of Omihi Hills Pinot produced under Danny's name.

What is sad is that though Danny makes wine all over the world with an enviable list of clients he has an exquisite touch with Pinot Noir.

The Vaynerchuk interview is brilliant; it gives some indication how Danny is one of the truly original thinkers in the wine world.

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger king bing said...

Sounds fantasatic, though I can see from UK prices that selling NZ Pinot at 45 per bottle upwards is going to be hard, irrespective of the quality.

 

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