It was nice to drink these two side by side: a couple of New Zealand’s most highly regarded Pinot Noirs. Both were showing really beautifully, in the middle of a dinner with some other strong wines.
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013 Martinborough, New Zealand
Fresh, floral and detailed with lovely black cherry and raspberry fruit. Real finesse here with a bit of meatiness, good acid and some structure. Youthful, grippy and firm on the finish. This is serious stuff that just develops beautifully in the glass, with some nice sappiness. 95/100
Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago, New Zealand
There’s a lovely autumnal character to the nose with a sappy green edge to the black cherry and blackberry fruit. The palate has lovely texture and freshness with richness combined. Fine grained tannins and sweet liqueur-like black fruits. Served slightly cooler, this has lovely focus. 95/100
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