Pinot Noir has huge potential

Nautilus Pinot Noir 2010
Nautilus Pinot Noir 2010
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In 2001, a group of New Zealand wine makers decided to organise an event to show the rest of the world just how far their Pinot Noir had come.

In 2001, a group of New Zealand wine makers decided to organise an event to show the rest of the world just how far their Pinot Noir had come.

The event now takes place every three years and this week saw the fifth Pinot Noir NZ, hosted in Wellington, with tastings and international guest speakers.

There is no doubt that Pinot Noir is doing rather well in New Zealand, and it would not be difficult to argue that outside of Burgundy, some of the world’s finest wines are being produced there.

Personally, I think Pinot Noir is this country’s most interesting grape, and has huge potential.

It’s never going to be cheap but this wine hits the spot – Escarpment ‘The Edge’ Pinot Noir 2011, from Martinborough. It has a full-bodied style with dark cherry fruit and toasty oak.

Nautilus Pinot Noir 2010

I love the juicy black cherry, plum fruit and spicy notes on the nose, followed by well-judged oak and supple, silky, fine-grained tannins.

Then there are brambles and liquorice to open up on the finish. It’s a beautifully balanced wine and would go well with a roast duck.

Hermitage Cellars £16.25, Majestic £19.99 or buy two for £15.99 each.