Pinot noirs for autumn time

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough

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There is a lot of comment at the moment about the quality of the New Zealand 2013 vintage.

It’s regarded by many as one of the best vintages ever in this young wine-producing nation.

The 2013 Sauvignon Blancs are now on the shelves, but while you are there spare a thought for Kiwi Pinot Noir because autumn is the perfect time of year for these silky, fruit-driven wines.

They are great with game or mushroom dishes.

Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough (Waitrose £8.99, on offer from £11.99) is a good place to start.

There’s raspberry fruit, a little savouriness and a soft supple feel. This is simple but good value.

Villa Maria Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough (The Co-op £12.99) is another good value wine that delivers with a perfumed velvety finish.

TOP TIPPLE: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough

As the name implies, this is made for small parcels of selected fruit and is a step up from Villa Maria’s standard bottling. This is really inviting wine with bright red fruits including cherries, plums and some spice on the nose. There’s balancing acidity and a silky finish.

Majestic £14.99 or buy two for £11.99 each. Also available at Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

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