It's worth giving pinot noir time. A young wine may initially
appear gawky, but the following day may have developed charm
and silkiness, indicating it will develop with bottle age.
Northburn Bill's Blend Central Otago Pinot Noir
Four stars (out of five)
Fragrant with hints of herbs, spice and sweet red fruits
supported by lots of toasty oak.A silky texture with
fine-grained tannins and a firm finish. Good drinking now and
probably for another four to five years.
Northburn Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Aromatic, with oodles of sweet, ripe red berries, darker,
savoury, spicy, toasty undertones and an underlying firm
structure all but hidden by the lush fruit. It's youthful and
lively and it should continue to develop for probably six to
Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Three and a half stars
Below average value
A serious wine hinting of dried herbs, lively raspberries and
other red fruits, with a suggestion of spice,
well-structured, firm, dusty tannins and a dry, crisp finish.
Will benefit from bottle age.
PeregrineCentral OtagoPinot Noir 2011
With lively suggestions of plums and juicy red fruits, hints
of spice, dried herbs and savoury undertones, this is a
promising young wine with a silky texture, mouthfilling
persistence and a fresh, lively finish. It will develop more
harmony and integration over the next five to eight years.
Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2011
A powerful, concentrated young wine, lively and textural with
suggestions of dark cherries, spices, slightly smoky, toasty
oak, savoury undertones and a hint of newly sawn timber. It
finishes with supple, dusty tannins and a long aftertaste.
Drinking well now but will develop over five to eight
Pegasus Bay Prima Donna WaiparaPinot Noir 2010
Four and a half stars
A dense, concentrated wine with sweet, lush, dark fruit and
spices, hints of new leather and dark chocolate, supported by
lots of toasty oak but held in check by a firm, lively
backbone and supple tannins. Silky, stylish and delicious now
but will mellow and integrate with several years' bottle age.