Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $44 Biodynamic winegrowing is where the Weaver family of Waihopai Valley excel, so when the winemaker offers to show you his “poo pits” I suggest you accept with a smile because (weirdly) they’re actually rather inspiring. This pinot erupts with bright berries, tangy black tea and sweet dark fruit concentration. […]

Nga Waka ‘Lease Block’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Nga Waka ‘Lease Block’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $50 ★★★★½ I fell in love with the concentration and intensity of this wine from the very first sip.  With so much lush, ripe red fruit and vibrant spices on the nose, you think it’s going to taste over the top and flouncy.  However the cocoa, cherry […]

Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $17 ★★★½ Bright raspberry and cherry aromas leap out of the glass in this super-approachable and super-affordable pinot. Gentle spices, soft plummy fruit and an attractive vein of earthiness on the palate makes this a really easy pinot noir to enjoy at any stage of play. Nice to sip […]

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $38 ★★★★ Ed Leung is a well-respected, Wellington-based dentist and his wife Marjory spent 30+ years in the banking industry, however they shared an all-consuming devotion to pinot noir, which despite all attempts, they could not shake. So today they grow their own, and with the help of winemaker […]

Fairmont Estate Admiral Hill Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2012

Fairmont Estate Admiral Hill Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2012 $25 ★★★ Lovers of old-school earthiness in their pinot will be all over this wine that’s produced from fruit sourced from the Gladstone Terraces.  Made by Jon McNab, it’s a wine boasting aromas of ancient fallen tree trunks, lush forest floor notes, savoury cherry and shitake mushroom […]

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Pinot Noir 2013

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Pinot Noir 2013 $42 ★★★★½ Nelson produces some of the best pinot noir in the country and this is a great example of why.  I love the aromas of tea, baked strawberries, cherries and all manner of earthy-sweet smokiness.  ‘Mahana’ means ‘warm’ in Maori and there’s definitely smoothness and warmth […]

Mud House Dambuster Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

Mud House Dambuster Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 $39 ★★★★ This is the first single-vineyard release to come from the clay soils of their new ‘Woolshed’ vineyard located near the Delta Dam.  Originally an old RNZAF base on land deemed too crap for cropping, this patch of dirt is more than proving itself in vines if […]

Bannock Brae Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Bannock Brae Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $30 ★★★★ This is one heck of an exotically perfumed pinot made for the Bannockbrae team by world-class winemaking wahine, Sarah-Kate (SK) Dineen.  Boasting plum, black tea, hedgerow fruits, savoury, peppery notes and a chunk of cherry on the palate, it has freshness, buoyancy and real character.  […]

Bladen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Bladen Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $33 ★★★½ A very light coloured pinot, that has a soft raspberry and cherry lift, tannins with powdery grip in the mouth and a long, medicinally-spicy finish.  If you like your pinot smooth, easy, light and juicy, then this is for you.  www.bladen.co.nz

Big Sky Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2012

Big Sky Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2012 $40 ★★★★ Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban are the couple behind this rising star Martinborough brand.  The ancient Te Muna terraces provide deep, mineral-driven texture to the pinots which grown on its soils and this is no exception.  A dusty, musky mouthfeel cloaks earthy cherry and cocoa […]

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