Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir 2007 (Central Otago, NZ)

 Pinot Noir is sometimes described as the iron fist in the velvet glove but in the case of the 2007 Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir, I would think a swede glove might be a better analogy. It is certainly powerful ‘a la’ iron fist but the … Continue reading

Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Conference Masterclass

This was a wide ranging masterclass held in conjunction to MPIPNC lead by Kate McIntyre MW with a panel consisting of her father, Richard and the esteemed Burgundian Jasper Morris. Following are my notes and not the panels, in fact, some … Continue reading

Day 4 Pinot Noir NZ 2013 – the Grand Finale

Final Day of Pinot Noir NZ 2013 was highly anticipated and didn’t disappoint! The Tastings for today were two blind tastings of pinots from Burgundy and NZ. The idea was to examine ‘La Régionalité’ in the tasting and not to … Continue reading

Day 3 Pinot Noir NZ 2013 – Central Otago

Day 3 was highly anticipated by me.  The wines of Central Otago were to be explored – Iconic region of New Zealand pinot noir and life on the edge.  When I first visited Central Otago in 2004 I was struck … Continue reading

Day 2 Pinot Noir NZ 2013 – Pioneers

  Today was about the regions of NZ that pioneered the development of Pinot Noir production. Firstly, the great region of Martinborough where the story of NZ pinot noir starts. Located at latitude 40 degrees south at the bottom of New … Continue reading