Central Otago


If you’d asked me in advance which of these would be my favourites, I don’t think I’d have been too close… Sol de Sol Pinot Noir 2010, Malleco, Chile (£19.95 Winety) Very impressive wine, lithe and fragrant, with a fresh and lightly cooked strawberry edge, s touch of leafy eucalyptus […]

Pinot Noir from Chile, Australia, California & New Zealand


Zephyr Riesling 2011, Marlborough (£13.49 The Bon Vivant’s Companion) Quite soft and surprisingly mature for 2011, has ripe, slightly bruised apple flavour, along with a dusting of icing sugar, I like the clean mineral streak on the finish, but this feels old before its time. B Craggy Range Te Muna […]

Wine Tasting Video: Eight New Zealand Rieslings


Château de Grandmont Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2012 (£7.75 Christopher Piper) Lively, crunchy style, with jolly raspberry and blackberry flavours freshened up by an apple-y bite and some earthy spice, B(+) Craggy Range Calvert Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago, New Zealand (£35-£40 Slurp, Swig, New Zealand House of Wine, Majestic, Farr […]

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The first installment of a set of ten Pinot Noirs I tasted recently – for some reasons I posted the second installment first (it’s here), but hey, they’re both live now…   Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand (£14.99 Majestic, Rhythm & Booze, Booths) Bouncy young […]

Wine Tasting Video: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia