In this batch of Central Otago pinot noir, those from
Alexandra - Grasshopper Rock, Perseverance and Barrington -
with their red fruit and lively edge stood out from the
darker-fruited, more brooding wines from the Cromwell basin.
If you are visiting wineries there this summer, see if you
can taste the differences.
Chardonnay's popularity fell a few years ago, perhaps because
of the lakes of boring, ''abc'' (another bloody chardonnay)
that used to flood the market. However, good chardonnay is
still being made and it's coming back into the sights of
those who moved on to pinot gris and sauvignon blanc.
Many people think sauvignon blanc has to be drunk young, but
these, all from this year's vintage, were better the day
after opening, indicating that several months, or even a year
or so of bottle age will see them develop their potential.
Newly released pinot noirs at this time of year, tend to be
tight and restrained, but swirl themin the glass and allow
them a few minutes to open into more generous, integrated
wines - orcellar them for several months or even a year or
These 2013 sauvignon blancs have recently been bottled and
are so young and fresh they develop charm and weight with 20
minutes or so in the glass. They will reward cellaring for
six months to a year or more.