Three Miners Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $38 (4 stars)

The tiny sub-region of Earnscleugh (between Alexandra and Clyde, on the Clutha River) is where Three Miners is located and where their magic is manifested.  I love this pinot noir because it’s so bright and spicy.  Soaked through with smoked strawberries, rhubarb, zesty, black tea and cherry flavours, it’s plush, perky and a fabulous example […]

Archangel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 $35 (4.5 stars)

There’s a word that immediately springs to mind when you sip this wine and that’s “whoompha!”.  Bold, dark berries, clouds of cocoa and cherry-soaked layers of flavour, this is a pinot noir that’ll have you howling at the moon.  Solid, furry tannins dial the chew-factor up to fifteen and winemaker Pete Bartle has really made […]

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Great pinot noir is moody and mysterious and versatile and magical and alluring and will give you the power to not click on all those soul-sapping yoga-app ads on Facebook. Coal Pit Central Otago Rosé 2017 $26.95 (4 stars) With its enticing aromas of candyfloss, creaming soda and Eton Mess pudding, this shiny new pinot […]

Bird Wines Big Barrel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $29.95 (4 stars)

Steve Bird employs the ‘Vernou Roll’ method to make this wine.  A process where he uses big old 900L barrels for fermentation and maturation.  Gently rolling the barrels regularly to allow greater integration of the oak flavours and the grippy, textural components.  Red rose, black cherry, smoke and a deeply succulent texture makes this one […]

Easthope Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $49.95 (4.5 stars)

Pinot noir from Catherine and Murray Mitchell’s vineyard on Te Muna Road has been carefully whole-bunch fermented to retain the natural sweetness and delicacy of the fruit and then gently pressed in a traditional basket press before being matured for ten months in French oak to inject delicious layers of smoke, spice and earth into […]

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $23.99 (5 stars)

Punchy and perfumed with black tea, spice and ripe plummy notes, this is a slippery, succulent, super-easy, red fruited refresher.  Fresh and youthful as opposed to those super-earthy, leathery, horsey, sweaty pinots that are out there.  Bright, breezy and easy-pleasy. www.glengarrywines.co.nz  

Hawkdun Rise HR Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $40 (4 star)

John Grant and Suzanne Bali-Grant run the Hawkdun Rise property on Letts Gully Road in Alexandra. Their HR pinot noir is floral and feisty on the nose, all raspberry tea and cherry. It’s a lighter style which shows soft waves of cherry and pomegranate that sneak up and grip you around the gums. Textural and […]

Neudorf Tom’s Block Nelson Pinot Noir 2015 $33

Opting to preserve every smidge of natural purity of flavour that viticulturist Richard Flatman has managed to coax into the pinot noir from Tom’s Block, winemaker Todd Stevens has bottled this wine without fining or filtration.  It’s paid off in that it’s bursting with black tea, wild raspberry and cherry layers that wrap around zesty […]

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2013 $30 (4 stars)

One thing the RD9 district does supremely well, is grow great pinot noir. It’s where a large chunk of pinot is grown for some of New Zealand’s most famed sparkling wine bases. Julie and Douglas Haines have created a HUGE pinot noir here, with more meat on its bones than is typical, but it’s a […]

Mount Edward ‘Ted’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $34 (4.5 stars)

Nursed from the vineyard into the bottle by the talented twosome of Duncan Forsyth and Anna Riederer, this pinot noir is beautifully rich and bursting with hedgerow fruits, 5-spice, sandalwood and cocoa and tree bark.  Complex and mouthfilling, it’s like a leather-laden overload of earthiness and wild cherries. www.mountedward.co.nz

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