About paul

Wine writer and retired vigneron. Passionate about pinot noir with 15 + years experience growing, making and marketing pinot noir. Extensive tasting experience including advanced wine tasting qualifications and international seminars.

Kelvedon 2011 Pinot Noir (East Coast, Tasmania, Australia)

A promising young pinot with characteristics which you look for: quality raspberry & dark cherry fruit, silky texture and balanced fruit, tannins and acid. It opens with attention grabbing sappy (whole bunch?) elements and follows through with a silky and … Continue reading

Sustainability and a fine wine – Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2011

I loved the Ata Rangi Crimson 2011 – I feel good about supporting the environment, sustainable wine growing and enjoying a terrific wine all at the same time.  Clive Paton didn’t adopt the cause of the environment and sustainability because … Continue reading

Con Sur Ocio 2009 Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua, Chile)

I had the opportunity to taste this wine blind and here is what I discovered. Great colour and clarity, one of those pinots that look sensational in the glass – mid-ruby colour with lovely reflections. The aromas explode from the … Continue reading

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