I often think some top end pinot noirs are released too young. The best need time to mature. Cellar some of these for another two-five years to develop their full potential.


Best Value

Main Divide Waipara Pinot Noir 2012


Four stars (out of five)

Above average value 

Spicy, dusty hints of dried herbs meld with sweet dark fruit, savoury undertones and supporting oak, and there's a crisp, juicy finish. At three years old this is mellowed and flavoursome.





Amisfield Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012


Four stars

Average value

A complex wine, brooding with spicy dark, savoury undertones, hints of mineral, plums, raspberries, dark cherries and dark chocolate, it is intense and powerful but also lively with firm tannins. Still youthful but will mature well.





Tatty Bogler Otago Pinot Noir 2013


Three and a half stars

Average value

With hints of mineral, dark, silky, brooding fruit and a spicy, herbal edge, this takes time to open in the glass. Give it another six months at least to show its best.





Woollaston Nelson Pinot Noir 2012


Four stars

Above average valoue

A stylish, elegant wine with hints of mineral, an exciting peppery edge and darker, savoury undertones, supporting spicy oak and a long, textural, well-balanced finish.





Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013


Four stars

Below average value

One of Grant Taylor's four single-vineyard pinots, this is youthfully taut and elegant, already complex with sweet spices and dark fruits, but its texture, structure, fine-grained tannic backbone and long finish indicate it needs a few years to develop its full potential.





Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012


Four stars

Average value

Complex with dark mineral and earthy notes, hints of cloves, allspice and plums, this is textural with savoury undertones, a lively edge and a dark, brooding aftertaste. Give it time to show its potential.



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