A selection of outstanding and very drinkable Pinot Noir to celebrate World Pinot Day


A selection of outstanding and very drinkable Pinot Noir to celebrate World Pinot Day
There is no other way to celebrate World Pinot Noir Day than sampling the finest tipples in the land. 

We asked Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas to share his favourites with us and we must say, the list makes for some very nice reading.

  • Rippon Mature Vines Pinot Noir 2012, Central Otago – Elegant, charming, enticing and fine complex bouquet. Bottle age has been a great friend to this expression – still showing primary fruits and integrating oak along with a youthful vibrato, but also showing complexity and intrigue that can only come from quality fruit and winemaking that reflects a time and place.
  • Black Quail Estate Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago – Aromas that reflect a sense of place with scents of bracken and stone, dried herb and vanilla, dark berries and wood smoke. There’s complexity and charm, depth and minerality. Delicious on the palate with a core of ripe red berries, clove and baking spices, wood smoke and dried herb.
  • Mount Michael The Mountaineer Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago – Very enticing bouquet of dark berries and plums laced with clove and toasted vanilla spice of French oak. Crushed violets and raspberry, dark cherry and red apple. Dry, fruity and salivating on the palate with flavours that reflect the nose, velvet tannins, plenty of acidity and juicy, lengthy finish. Red apple and raspberry then dark cherry and crushed roses. A lovely example, harmonious, balanced and well made.
  • Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago – Complex and specific with aromas of a rugged Bendigo countryside – rocky, savoury and real. Dark cherry and spicy raspberry, plum and stony mineral layers. A toasty lightly smoked woody scents adds complexity. Firm, youthful and tense on the palate, a young wine with flavours of red berries and red currant, baking spices of oak, firm tannins and plenty of acidity.
  • Te Mania Reserve Pinot Noir 2019, Nelson – Complex and fragrant with a pure fruited core of red berries and steely youthful minerality. Dark rose and baking spices, boysenberry, cherry and red currant flavours.
  • Akarua RUA Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago – Aromas of plump, ripe red cherries, dark roses, brown baking spics and red currant. Mild French oak scents of vanilla and bacon, a whisper of clove and toasted barrel. Fleshy red berry fruit centric flavours on the palate with cherries and red apple, raspberry and plum.
  • Escarpment NOIR Pinot Noir 2020, Martinborough – Ripe and vibrant bouquet with a core of savoury dried herb laced dark cherry and plum fruits. On the palate – fruit centric with a savoury core, flavours of spicy plums and dark berries, chalky textured with some barrel-aged suggestions.
  • Two Rivers ‘Tributary’ Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough – Youthful, varietal, fruity and complex with seductive aromas of crushed red cherries and small red apple skin, moments of cranberry and old-fashioned roses, violet and an abundance of mineral and spice. On the palate – equally complex, but also very youthful suggesting cellar time and patience are needed to allow the complete harmonisation and expression to be realised.
  • The Elder Pinot Noir 2018, Martinborough – Complex, varietal, engaging and alluring scents of red berries and baking spices, a light-ish layer of dried herb and stony mineral attributes.

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    • Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago – A noticeable concentration of red berry aromas with red and purple cherry, raspberry and plum. Aromas of light brown baking spices and mild toasty barrel moments add complexity depth.
    • Rockburn Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago – Great colour, concentration of aromas and complexity with an enticing mix of ripe berries, spices of wood and quiet savoury core of dried herb, mineral, place and time. Follow through on the palate is seamless with flavours of raspberry and red apple, dark cherry and dried herbs. Oak flavours layer in quickly with a mix of brown spice, an abundance of fine grained tannins then acidity adds youth and freshness.
    • Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2019, Waipara Valley, North Canterbury – Ripe, concentrated, varietal and complex bouquet with aromas of boysenberry, plum and dark cherry. Aromas of of new and seasoned barrel with toasty, nut and dark spices combination layering in complexity, shape and form. Youthful, vibrant and promising. 
    • The Boneline Waimanu Pinot Noir 2019, Wairarapa, North Canterbury – Fantastic bouquet with aromas of mineral and sense of place first, then red berry fruits of cherry and red plum, light delicate sweetness of barrel then a lifted rose scent showcases complexity and charm. On the palate – youthful with plenty of tension and poise, but showing an underlying core of varietal light red fruit flavours, fine chalky textured tannins, decent acid line and fine savoury dried herb moments.
    • Church Road Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago – Totally inviting bouquet of Pinot with aromas of wild raspberry and oak seasoning, dark cherry and dusty, stony soils, a moderate oak toasty barrel aromas and an overall youthful and vibrant nose. On the palate – tense and youthful, firm and dry, varietal, fruity and textured.
    • Ostler Estate Pinot Noir 2020, Waitaki Valley, North Otago – A lovely wine with a balance of complexity and charm, length and youthful charm. Vibrant pink and purple hues lead to aromas of equal vibrato with red fruit scents of crushed raspberry, boysenberry and fresh cherry.
    • Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate ‘Otto’ Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago – Complex, varietal and pure. Aromas of dark cherry and baking spices, quite a deep mineral and silty soil layer, some wood smoke and vanilla, forest flowers and soft wild thyme and dried herb moments. Firm textures from fruit and wood tannins, medium+ acidity and a core of varietal red berry fruit flavours reflecting the bouquet. 
    • Pyramid Valley Pinot Noir 2019, North Canterbury – A complex and mineral laden wine with aromas limestone and white clay, ripe fruit with flavours of sweet cherry and raspberry then fine French oak with vanilla and kitchen spices and warm savoury and dried herb complexities. Firm, tense, youthful and dry with flavours of Autumn and old roses, forest berries and natural autolysis through the palate. 


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