Simple young pinot noir can be fresh, lively and charming, but most benefit from time in bottle for the components to integrate and develop complexity.




Gunn Estate Reserve MarlboroughPinot Noir 2013


Three and a half stars (out of five)

Good value

Attractive aromas suggesting cherry and spice, with sweet but peppery red fruits supported by spicy oak and a lively finish.





Jackson Vintage Widow Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011


Four stars

Good value

At three years old this is mellowed and spicy, concentrated with dark undertones, a charming silky texture and a fresh, youthful finish. Drinking nicely now.





Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012


Three and a half stars

Average value

Warm and spicy with attractive fruit, a silky texture, lively backbone and firm, fine-grained tannins. Simple and charming.





Folding Hill Orchard Block Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011


Foour stars

Average value

A powerful wine from Bendigo with sweet fruit, savoury undertones, spicy oak, and firm, well-structured tannins finishing with a youthful crispness. Although three years old, it will develop for another couple of years at least.





Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011


Three and a half stars

Below average value

Lots of flavour - dried herbs, dried fruits, hints of strawberries and cherries - lots of spicy oak, a silky texture and lively finish.





Cloudy Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012


Four stars

Average value

A youthful wine, opulent with hints of cherries and red fruits, spicy oak, darker undertones and a silky texture, charming and harmonious yet with power underneath and a lingering finish. Another year or two will see it develop more complexity.



Julicher 99 Rows Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012


Below average value

A light, peppery wine with hints of mineral, confect fruit, leafy hints, lots of oak and a lively, edgy finish. 

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