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.

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

Day 1 Pinot Noir NZ 2013

  Day 1 of Pinot Noir NZ 2013. The key note speakers have challenged and entertain and now we start exploring the key Pinot Noir producing regions in depth. To be honest I wasn’t too excited by where I had … Continue reading

Vynfields 2008 Pinot Noir (Martinborough, NZ)

I few years ago during a visit to Martinborough, I missed the opportunity to have lunch at Vynfield vineyard but my wonderful wife managed to make it and kindly brought me back a bottle of their pinot (what else) with … Continue reading

Jack Rabbit pinot noir 2011 (Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong, Victoria)

In the glass the wine displays an light garnet colour with purple tints. A young pinot with striking freshness and intense fruitiness: aromatic and matching flavours of macerated strawberries, raspberry or even citrus. There is a touch of earth on nose but overall the fruit … Continue reading

2007 Curly Flat Pinot Noir

An fine example of pinot noir expressive of the terroir and made with sensitivity and finesse. First impressions confirm, as the label clearly states, that the wine is unfiltered and unfined with a slightly cloudy, semi transparent mid red with mauve tinges. … Continue reading

Pinot Palooza continued.

Pinot Palooza was a bonanza for pinot lovers in Melbourne last weekend – an opportunity to meet wine makers and taste some of Australia and NZ’s best pinot noirs.  My only problem was with the number of people attending and the … Continue reading