Pinot Noir from Australia, New Zealand & Chile


Trentham Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Murray Darling, Australia (£10.99 Booths)
It’s an OK glass of wine, with slightly jammy raspberry flavours and a touch of mint, but apart from the pale colour, I’d never have had it as Pinot Noir. C(+)

Escarpment ‘The Edge’ Pinot Noir 2014, Martinborough, New Zealand (£14.99 Waitrose)
This is on the dark and fleshy side of Pinot, with quite plush dark cherry and plum flavours but it has the perfumed allure, with aromas of violets to lift the wine, as well as a fresh earthy finish. Rich but fresh, carries its 14% alcohol well. S(-)

Viña Ventolera Litoral Pinot Noir 2012, Leyda Valley, Chile (£14.99 Harper Wells, Amazon, Park Vintners)
Sweet mature leathery aromas, almost like Barossa Shiraz! When you taste it, there’s rounded wild strawberry and red plum, flavours, plus a hint of cherry cola, but then green tannins (from poorly seasoned oak?) kick in, making the finish just too dry and severe. And it doesn’t get better with time…C(-)

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