Church Road Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

This pinot gris is influenced by the Alsace style, and is from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand’s north island. ¬†In the glass, there are muted aroma of herbs, stones and almonds. ¬†The palate is off-dry, full bodied and the acidity racy. ¬†Pleasant enough, and something different, although not in a style I would seek. ¬†ItContinue reading “Church Road Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018”

South Island Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Central Otago pinot noir really has improved at all price points over the last decade. The wines I see are increasingly complex and savoury, perhaps a function of vine age. This wine is rather good for a $16 Central Otago pinot noir. It has aromas of stems and ripe cranberries. The palate has a savouryContinue reading “South Island Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016”

Dry River Pinot Noir 2008

Martinborough on New Zealand’s north island produces my preferred expression of New Zealand pinot noir. ¬†Having literally heard of Dry River in the hallways, this was a first encounter with this well regarded Martinborough estate. ¬†More premier cru than grand cru in style, it proved an enjoyable wine. ¬†Its aromatics remind of black cherry, cedarContinue reading “Dry River Pinot Noir 2008”

Paringa Estate "The Paringa" Pinot Noir 2009

It was interesting to taste a benchmark Mornington Peninsula producer’s (Paringa Estate) marque pinot noir with seven years of age on it. ¬†“The Paringa” retails for around the $90 mark. ¬†I tasted this wine blind, and in style, it resembled a new world pinot noir, and could easily have been a high quality example fromContinue reading “Paringa Estate "The Paringa" Pinot Noir 2009”

Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2012

The Metala shiraz cabernet is a bit of a stalwart in the local wine scene, and for $15 or thereabouts, can be a pretty good wine. ¬†The 2012 vintage tasted here is a good one. ¬†Its aromatics remind of pepper, plum, licorice and earth. ¬†The palate has soft mid range length and licorice and plumContinue reading “Metala Shiraz Cabernet 2012”

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2012

Quartz Reef in Central Otago is another winery that has taken to biodynamics, and the results again are good. ¬†This pinot noir is from the Central Otago subregion of Bendigo, the grapes are handpicked and the vine density is admirable at 5000 to 8000 plants per hectare. ¬†Bendigo is warmer than the Gibbston subregion, whichContinue reading “Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2012”