Pinot noir often needs some bottle age to mellow and harmonise; no more than two to three years for some, while the best will continue to develop interest and complexity for five to 10 years or even longer.




Riverby Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011


Three and a half stars (out of five)

Good value

A light wine with complex aromas hinting of spice, cedar and strawberry jam with a dry finish. Simple but charmingly mellowed after three years





Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012


Three and a half stars

Good value

A lively, peppery wine, with red fruits, savoury undertones, dusty tannins and a youthful edge.





Riverby Reserve MarlboroughPinot Noir 2011


Three and a half stars

Average value

A lightish wine with savoury mineral hints, a suggestion of strawberry jam and and a clean finish.





Dog Point Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012


Four stars

Average value

A youthful wine, with spicy red fruits, a lively, tingly edge, supported by lots of oak, developing layers of flavours and complexity, textural, intense and nicely balanced. Will develop with another few years of bottle age.





Pegasus Bay Waipara Pinot Noir 2011


Four and a half stars

Good value

Oodles of dark fruit, black berries, cherries, with warm, biscuity undertones, attractive layers of flavour. Complex, intense and well structured with firm, dusty tannins, it will continue to develop with further bottle age.





Palliser Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013


Four stars

Below average vlaue

A very youthful wine that will only get better with bottle age. It is dense, concentrated with red fruits, spicy oak, a firm structure, dusty tannins and a dry, lingering finish with a crisp lively edge. Give another year or two for best value.


Add a Comment


Ask a Chef Recipe Book ON SALE NOW! $29.99

The all-new Ask a Chef is available now! With fantastic recipes from the popular newspaper series, there is inspiration for everything from salads to chocolate cakes and quiches to sausage rolls - sure to impress at your next family or social gathering!

With a delicious mix of recipes from around the region including Riverstone Kitchen and Fleur's Place, there is something for everyone. Get your copy of Ask a Chef today !


Buy now from ODT Store 

ODT subscriber only price - $25