Wine Tasting Video: New Zealand Pinot Noir from Nelson, Central Otago & Martinborough

Another video featuring some Marlborough Pinots is here.

Nelson Pinot Noir (Seifried) 2010 (£9.99 Marks & Spencer)
A strange mix of stewed and raisinny fruit with the bitter green edge of underripeness of both fruit and tannin, rather scrawny finish. 0

Waimea Pinot Noir 2010, Nelson (£11.49 Majestic)
More vibrant fruit here, with decent raspberry and cherry fruit, some raspberry pastille notes too, but then the warmth of alcohol kicks in – it’s 14% – and the finish could be juicier. B-

Tesco Finest* Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago (£10.29 Tesco)
Firm, fleshy and fruity style, has a structure of earthy terroir character and quite prominent tannins, but there’s also bold berry, plum and black cherry flesh, plus truffley mushroomy undergrowth notes. Very good, and its best is still to come. S(-)

Taste the Difference Penguin Sands Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago (£9.99 Sainsbury’s)
Again the firm berry and plum flavours, but this lacks the fragrance and freshness of the Tesco version, and the finish is a little stewed. B

Alana Estate Pinot Noir 2009, Martinborough (£22.50 Grape & Grind, Latitude Wine, Eton Vintners, Slurp.co.uk)
There’s an almost Rhône-like mellow meatiness here, with the fruit more on the dark berry and plum side, and a spicy, gamey warmth to the finish. Maybe lacks the elegance and brightness of great Pinot, but the warm lush flavours are quite appealing. S-

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