WINE REVIEWS: Pinot Noir

Pinot noir can vary hugely in price, from simple, fruity light reds for less than $20 that you toss back with friends, to expensive, complex single vineyard wines meticulously made from low-cropped grapes for concentrated flavour and subtle nuances, which you want to savour and think about, and which will develop further complexity with bottle age.

 

BEST UNDER $20

Takutai Nelson Pinot Noir 2011
$17
Three stars (out of five)

Average value

Attractive red fruits with a hint of mineral, spice and toasty oak, and a crisp finish.

www.waimeabrands.com

 

 

Waimea Nelson Pinot Noir 2011

$25

Three and a half stars

Average value

Spicy red fruits hinting of cherry plums, dark toffee and a suggestion of new leather, supported by lots of spicy oak and finishing with an attractive aftertaste.

www.waimeabrands.co.nz

 

 

Ara Single Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

$25

Three and a half stars

Average value

A perfumed wine that takes a few minutes to open, revealing juicy fruit with spicy, savoury undertones with hints of cheese and game, firm, dusty tannins and a well-balanced, longdry finish.

www.arawines.com

 

 

Rippon Jeunesse Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

$39

Four stars

Average value

Made from fruit from younger vines, this wine is perfumed with lively red fruits - berriesand plums, with darker, savoury undertones, spicy oak and a crisp, textural. well-structured,finish.

www.rippon.co.nz

 

 

Rippon Emma's Block Central Otago 2010

$82

Four and a half stars

Below average value

A charming wine, more complex than the Jeunesse, this is from an east-facing block on Rippon's Wanaka vineyard. With spicy red fruits - plums, cherries, hints of mineral and toffee, darker, savoury undertones and a suggestion of dark chocolate, it's concentrated but beautifully balanced and harmonious with a firm but supple structure and long aftertaste.

www.rippon.co.nz

 

Rockburn The Art Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

$90

Four and a half stars

Below average value

From a vineyard on slopes above Bannockburn, this is a seductive, stylish wine, complex with mouth-filling ripe red and dark fruits supported, but not dominated by spicy oak, a silky texture, savoury undertones, and fine-grained tannins. Charming and harmonious now, but should develop over several years.

www.rockburn.co.nz


ANOTHER GLASS

Rippon Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

$55

Four stars

Below average value

Made from fruit from mature vines on Rippon's Wanaka vineyard, this is perfumed with aromas hinting of cherries and a suggestion of beetroot. It's juicy, lively and mouth-filling supported by toasty oak, with spicy savoury notes with an attractive textural, dry finish.

Harmonious and will develop with bottle age.

www.rippon.co.nz

 

Rippon Tinkers Field Pinot Noir 2010

$95

Four and a half stars (out of five)

Below average value

A big wine from a block on Rippon's Wanaka vineyard, this is concentrated with lots of juicy fruit with darker undertones - spice, dark chocolate, savoury. It's textural and powerful witha lively complexity and dry tannins, but nevertheless surprisingly harmonious and charming.

www.rippon.co.nz