I gave a tasting recently where I assembled a range of New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
I won’t say that I was surprised by the results, but it did prove that outside of Burgundy there is nowhere else that is making this ‘difficult’ grape better.
There was hardly a disappointing wine in the range and at the other end of the scale there were a number of really world-class wines.
Mt Difficulty ‘Roaring Meg’ Pinot Noir 2011, Central Otago (Hermitage Cellars £14.10, Majestic £22 but £17.59 if you buy two) is very accessible with black cherries and some oak in the background, really well-balanced with silky tannins. Very good indeed.
Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough
This must be one of the world’s best value Pinots. This is medium bodied with a silky mouth feel and pure, bright fruits.
Waitrose £12.99 down to £9.74, Majestic £12.99 but £9.99 if you buy 2.