Open up a great new wine experience at Cellar Door

I spent a night in Christchurch recently and ticked a box that was well overdue. I finally managed to visit the Cellar Door at the Arts Centre and I’ll definitely be going back next time I’m up.

It’s a wine bar/cafe/restaurant with a fascinatingly extensive and well thought-out wine list, along with a wonderful range of tasting flights and wine by the glass, all kept fresh under argon gas. Knowledgeable staff too. Perhaps it’s a population base thing, as we just don’t have its like in Dunedin. I’d recommend a visit.

2021 Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir  

Price RRP $32.99 
Rating Excellent 

Bright, juicy, ripely 
fruited, leaps out of 
the glass, an earthy/
dusty nuance, oak 
spices, youthful, fresh 
and attractive. The 
palate continues the 
theme —  rich and 
ripe, oak spices to the 
fore, dark berry fruits, 
pencil shavings, 
cocoa nib. Nicely 
done, open and crying 
out to be enjoyed. 
Time allows the 
structural backbone 
to show, adding to its 
food friendliness. 

2021 Craggy Range SV Te Muna Vineyard Martinborough Pinot Noir  

Price RRP $54.95 
Rating Outstanding 

Richness and power, 
savoury qualities, tilled 
earth, smoke, bacon fat, 
fruit neatly in support, the 
nose draws you in. Ripe 
yet dry, a beguiling 
lightness and ethereality, 
lovely integration, 
nothing out of place. 
Bright acidity, a 
deceptive tannic 
backbone with a 
delightfully long close. A 
sense of refinement and 
Approachable yet 

2021 Pegasus Bay Waipara Pinot Noir  

Price RRP $57 
Rating Excellent to Outstanding 

A sense of volume, 
forest floor, fungi, 
dusty gravel, the sweet 
fruit and savoury notes 
flood in, a wisp of 
leather. While there’s 
power and depth 
there’s elegance too. 
The brisk acidity and 
big, chewy tannins 
provide the framework 
for the fruit. Long, 
attractively dry finish 
with a bittersweet 
quality. Nice balance, 
works superbly as a 

2021 Jules Taylor OTQ Organic S.V Marlborough Pinot Noir  

Price RRP $59.99
Rating Excellent to Outstanding

Bold, powerful nose 
offering toffee apple, 
licorice, earth, 
blueberry and plum, 
with real generosity. An 
equally generous 
palate, grainy chewy 
tannins and depth of 
sumptuousness and 
complexity. Manages a 
lovely balance between 
the rich, sweet fruit and 
the long, dry and 
composed finish. A lot 
to enjoy with a bright 
future too. 

2020 Te Kairanga WPF Martinborough Pinot Noir  

Price RRP $175 
Rating Very Good to Excellent  

The nose suggests 
coolness with red 
fruits and cranberry 
making way for 
raspberry, spice notes 
and a wisp of 
balsamic. Quite a 
different palate 
expression, lightness, 
vibrancy, crunchiness 
on a relatively 
lightweight frame. Fine 
tannins, sapidity, 
sweetly fruited yet 
tangy with great 
length, focusing on 
pinosity in lieu of 

2021 Main Divide North Canterbury Pinot Noir  

Price RRP $26.99 
Rating Very Good to Excellent 

Smoke and stuck 
match notes, char, 
nicely ripe fruit, 
attractive florality 
building. There’s a 
chewy tannic 
backdrop but this is all 
about the fruit, ripe yet 
dry, with a tangy, 
zesty quality offering a 
counterpoint. Open, 
bright and well-made, 
this is heart on its 
sleeve stuff just 
waiting to be enjoyed. 
Fleshes out very nicely 
as it takes on air.