There’s a great story behind Waipara winery Pegasus Bay, which was the second visit of my New Zealand tour.
Back in 1976, Christchurch neurologist Ivan Donaldson had caught the wine bug, and with some of his medical friends planted a 1 acre vineyard in a cold spot on the outskirts of the city. He [...]
It was hard to get my head round the contrast. One day I’m shivering in a snowy, dark-skied London. The next, I’m sitting on an internal flight crossing the dividing range in New Zealand’s South Island, looking down at dramatic snow-capped peaks in laser-sharp light on my way to Queenstown, Central Otago.
I very nearly missed [...]
This is, dear readers, the best sub-£10 wine I have consumed this year. It’s a Pinot Noir from the southern Loire region of the Auvergne, which is a story in itself (I hope to visit next year), and it has been unearthed by the talented Richard Kelley MW of ABS Wine Agencies. It comes from [...]
Took older son along to Twickenham today for his first England international. It was against the mighty All Blacks (that’s the New Zealand team for the benefit of those who don’t follow sport at all, in which case this may not prove to be your favourite ever blog post of mine), so I was expecting to [...]
There are some things that I like more the older I get. I tweeted yesterday about how much I a growing to like white Rhone varieties such as Marsanne, Grenache Gris and Blanc, and Viognier. I also find that I’m appreciated Champagne more. And also Pinot Noir, which is a bit of an addiction.
Here’s a [...]
A couple of days ago I blogged on South African Pinot Noir, with a film interviewing some key winegrowers. Well here’s the wine that prompted me to make that film. I tracked down a bottle in London, having already tasted it at the Green Tie party at Cape Wine. It’s superb. Five star quality.
Newton Johnson [...]
This is the first of three films I made at Cape Wine, each focusing on individual varieties with a story to tell. It’s about Pinot Noir. South African Pinot used to be fairly poor, with one or two noteworthy exceptions. Now there’s a buzz about it, and there are a critical mass of interesting Pinots [...]
I’ve written before about this Pinot Noir. Its debut vintage, 2009, impressed me, and can be found online at a bargain price of £12. This follow-up is equally convincing. A really nice wine. I likened the 2009 to a Marlborough Pinot Noir; I notice that this time I’ve likened it to a Martinborough Pinot Noir.
You know, I just love Pinot Noir. And I get a lot of my Pinot pleasure from New Zealand these days. Here are a couple of recent releases from Neudorf, who make their Pinot Noirs with a distinctly savoury twist. It’s not just about sweet fruit here.
Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2010 Nelson, New Zealand
14% alcohol. [...]
Kiwi Pinot Noir rocks. And this is one of my favourite inexpensive examples. It’s made by Martinborough Vineyard, and comes from the wonderful Martinborough/Wairarapa region, not far from the capital city Wellington.
Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera Pinot Noir 2011 Martinborough, New Zealand
Supple, fresh and smooth with bright cherry and raspberry fruit. Midweight with nice purity of fruit [...]