I first met Michelle Richardson a few weeks ago at a dinner at Providores in London. She’s making wines under her own label from a range of New Zealand regions, as well as being a partner in the Waitaki Braids project along with Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath from The Providores, and Stephen Cozens. [Waitaki is an exciting new region in Otago, but it's quite separate from Central Otago.]
Anyway, here’s Michelle’s Pinot Noir, from the successful 2007 vintage. I really like it. On day two it wasn’t looking so smart, so I think this is a wine that is for drinking now and over the next few years. But what I like about this wine is the way it manages to achieve some non-fruit complexity.
Michelle Richardson Pinot Noir 2007 Central Otago, New Zealand
Nice balance here: sweet, pure raspberry and cherry fruit with fresh, mineral, spicy savoury notes. It has that Central Otago depth of fruit, but there’s also nice precision and good acidity. This Pinot combines richness with elegance and it has some non-fruit complexity. Delicious. 92/100
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