Fox by John Belsham Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $26

This is a classic ‘berries and cream’ pinot noir, packed with pomegranate, red cherry and raspberry on the nose and palate.  However there’s also this really curious aroma of roasting pan juices and savoury, spicy notes in the background, all followed by a wave of super-fruitiness again on the finish.  It’s a lithe, luscious pinot […]

Tarras The Canyon Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $59

Just ten years on from launching his Tarras label, Hayden Johnston knows the trophy cabinet is already in need of reinforcement, groaning under the weight of increasingly hefty hauls of trophies and medals for his left-of-centre style of pinot noir.  The canyon has a distinctly meaty personality, black tea and toast notes, alongside comforting cherries […]

Pa Road Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $16.99 (3.5 stars)

Here’s a great little introduction into Marlborough pinot noir, crafted by the McDonald family and the talented team at Te Pa Wines.  It’s spicy, juicy, loaded with cherry and savoury, hedgerow fruits and has an earthy, slightly suede-like finish.  Sip with classic, rosemary and garlic-studded roast lamb.

Fairhall Downs Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 $35 (5 stars)

New favourite alert!  This pinot noir is absolutely heaving with ultra-juicy cherry boysenberry, raspberry and masses of spice.  It’s generous, plush and silky-smooth to drink. Plus it’s got pluck and personality and that’s exactly why your glass will be almost impossible to put down.

SOHO Havana Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $38 (5 stars)

This wine won the trophy for Best New Zealand Pinot Noir at the International Wine Challenge in London last week.  How appropriate that a pinot named after one of the sexiest capital cities in the world, also has a distinct lift of tobacco leaf and cigar box on the nose and palate.  Combine this wine […]

Seresin Son and Moon Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $125

Organic, biodynamic and vegan-friendly, this gorgeous pinot noir smells like baking spices and sweet, dark cocoa dusted over caramelized plums served in a bowl carved from oak.  Seresin’s flagship pinot, the ‘purest expression’ they can make, is intense in the mouth, with high acidity and muscular, supple tannins. The length of flavour is persistent, brooding […]

Akarua RUA Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $25

Hugely spicy on the nose and palate, this shiny new southern star is heaving with hedgerow fruits, ripe cherry and berry notes, layers of leaf litter and sweet, succulent raspberry tea flavours.  Soft, sandy tannins add extra complexity. Sip with: Shredded Duck Burgers

Maude Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $36

If you’re a sucker for colour saturation then this will have you ogling.  Ultra-bright and boasting incredibly pure aromas of rosehip tea, fresh cherry and raspberry leaf, it’s a floral and fabulous pinot.  Super-succulent and plumped up with plums, dried herbs and complex, spicy layers, this is a Central Otago stunner. Sip with: Duck a-la-anything […]

Middle Earth Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 $24

Ryan O’Connell did a very clever thing naming his wines after the Tolkien-inspired locale, because now they’re a firm favourite with hobbit fans.  The 50-year-old family dairy farm was converted to grapegrowing some year’s back and they contract grew for big brands until deciding to hold the best fruit and have a crack at bottling […]

Chard Farm Mata-Au Lowburn Pinot Noir 2014 $47

Chard Farm are an aristocrat amongst Antipodean pinot producers, and there’s a reason for that.  It’s all about elegance and balance at Chard even in a brand new pinot like this.  Very pretty, with hints of cherries and cream, succulent spices, lifted dried herb and cranberry characters, it’s a wine it’s a concentrated, layered and […]

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