Syrah and Pinot Noir, and why I love them

Two wines tonight, shared with friends, which really worked.

The first, a northern Rhone Syrah from the Cornas appellation, but bottled as Vin de Pays. It’s the Les Collines de Laure Syrah 2010 from Jean-Luc Colombo who I met last week. I bought a case of this (direct from Hatch Mansfield because retailers haven’t yet switched [...]

Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2009

I do like Kiwi Pinot Noir quite a bit. Here’s a really good one from Gibbston Valley, who I visited a while back. Christopher Keys, the winemaker there, is doing some really good work.

Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Central Otago, New Zealand
Intensely aromatic, with vivid black cherry fruit and a hint of blackcurrant. Angular and [...]

Wild Irishman Three Colleens Pinot Noir 2008 Central Otago

Just back from my first game of football in a while, so it’s time for a glass of wine. Tonight’s tipple is a good one – my comfort drinking – Kiwi Pinot Noir. It’s from Central Otago pioneer, and Irish ex-pat, Alan Brady, and it’s from the cool Gibbston subregion. (That’s cool as in thermal, [...]

Video: Central Otago wine region from the air

A short film from a helicopter flight over the Central Otago wine region:

Lunch at the Harwood Arms followed by a great game

Had a brilliant day yesterday. It began with lunch at the Harwood Arms, together with Joe Wadsack, Will Willis and Stuart Bowman-Hood. Proceedings began with a pint of Sambrook’s junction: rich, a bit hoppy, and with a distinct note of eggy sulfide (Burton stink is the correct term for this?). This went very well with [...]

Michelle Richardson's Central Otago Pinot Noir

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 [...]

World class Kiwi Pinot: Felton Road Cornish Point

Very much enjoying this wine. It’s a serious Pinot Noir from Central Otago’s most famous winery, Felton Road. I visited in February, and all the hype you hear about this winery is justified. The Pinot Noirs are superb.

Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2008 Central Otago
14% alcohol. Lovely sweet slightly meaty nose with dark cherry [...]

Some lovely wines tasted at SITT

Top wines of the SITT tasting, February 24th 2010

Here’s a selection of some of my favourite wines from today’s SITT (SITT = specialist importers trade tasting). It’s now a big tasting with many seriously interesting wines, and I just tried a small proportion of them. As a result, this is very much a personal selection, [...]

A nice picture from NZ, lifting the London gloom

Here’s a picture from my recent trip, which really captures the wildness of the Central Otago wine region. It’s an aerial view of a winery in the Central Otago region. I think it’s in the Gibbston district (and suspect it may be Chard Farm). Can anyone help with a positive identification? Wish I was still [...]