The Cellarit Wine Blog took a bit of a hiatus over the Easter break due to family and other pressing work commitments. But that didn’t mean I didn’t have time to sample some great wines! Here are a few that recently impressed.
My love affair with New Zealand pinot noir continues. The best that I’ve tasted recently have a bit of age and a hint of that savoury earthiness that I think probably all the best makers of pinot noir strive for. A couple of highlights:
Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2007
Te Kairanga was one of Martinborough’s founding vineyards. Martinborough is at the foot of the South Island where the soils of the ancient river “Martinborough” terraces and the climatic conditions are remarkably similar to Burgundy. In less than thirty years, Martinborough has established an enviable reputation as one of the world’s best places to grow pinot noir, with Ata Rangi and Dry River, for example, attaining world class reputations.
Gary Walsh of The Wine Front scored the Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2007 90 points: “Has an attractive earthy beetroot character, dry herbs, rose oil and plum/cherry fruit with a good clip of quality oak. It’s fresh and medium bodied with an attractive Chinotto like bitterness and a good finish. It’s a style I like and one I enjoyed drinking – interesting and not too fruity.” (The Wine Front, 31 March 2010). Also affordable! Vaucluse Cellars, where I bought my bottle, has this wine for a mixed case price of $28 a bottle.
I tried the Amisfield Pinot Noir 2007 at a friend’s home. They are passionate wine collectors, who obviously know what they’re doing! This wine was superb. A slightly riper style than the Te Kairanga Runholder but with lively dark fruits and just enough acidity to create a fresh and vibrant palate. The beautifully integrated fine tannins deliver an elegant silky finish with ample length and that hint of savoury earthiness delightfully dances off the glass… [Read More]