Central Otago, at the bottom end of New Zealand’s South Island, is one of the world’s great Pinot Noir destinations. Here are notes on a couple recently drunk chez Goode.
Remarkable Pinot Noir 2007 Gibbston Valley, Central Otago, New Zealand
A single-vineyard Pinot Noir that spends 15 months in French oak, named after the Remarkables mountain range. Lovely ripe, perfumed nose of damson, plum and cherry, with some warm herbal notes. The palate is ripe but fresh with lovely vivid cherry and plum fruit, as well as meaty spicy notes and good acidity. Tingly acid finish. 93/100 (£24.99 Hard to Find Wines)
Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2006 Central Otago, New Zealand
11 months in French Oak. Bright black cherry, blackberry and spice nose with some herby notes. The palate shows ripe black fruits with warm spiciness, nice structure and good acidity. Sweet and approachable with some warmth. 92/100 (£28.99 Hard to Find Wines)