Some Kiwi Pinot: Seresin, Astrolabe, Saint Clair, The Elder


I’ve been drinking a fair bit of Kiwi Pinot Noir of late. Here are a few notes of good bottles consumed.

The Elder Pinot Noir 2014 Martinborough, New Zealand
14% alcohol. Supple with lush, textured sweet black cherry fruit and some plum and damson notes. It’s leaning towards richness but also has a nice grainy, stony undercurrent. Nice balance between the sweet fruit and the more savoury characters. Classic Martinborough with plush fruit and bloody gaminess combined. 93/100


Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2014 Marlborough, New Zealand
Smooth, supple and refined with juicy cherry and berry fruit. Quite silky with some green sappy notes in the background. Has a little bit of spicy bite. Really appealing and drinkable. 91/100


Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2014 Marlborough, New Zealand
Juicy, fresh, textural and lively with sappy cherry fruit and a bit of spice and meat. Nicely complex and savoury with herbs, iodine and iron notes. Really satisfying and drinkable. 91/100


Saint Clair Omaha Estate Pinot Noir 2015 Marlborough, New Zealand
10 months in French oak, 32% new. Rich and textured with sweet black cherry and plum fruit. This has a lot weight with smooth, sweet fruit and fine spicy structure. There’s a bit of saltiness, too. Subtle undergrowth and spice notes, too. Really convincing. 93/100

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