Mount Dottrel 2007 (Mitre Rocks, Central Otago, NZ)

Clear and bright rich red reflections immediately foretell of good things to come. Lifted aromas of red forest berries waft from the glass urging the drinker on. The palate displays surprising freshness of juicy fruit, summer berries and cherry mingled … Continue reading

Central Otago tasting (at Taxi Dining Room, Melbourne) 25th August 2013

On Sunday afternoon, I attended a tasting of Central Otago pinot noir held at Taxi Dining room in Melbourne. It was organised by Central Otago Pinot Noir Limited (COPNL) which is a promotional organisation that develops regional promotions to benefit … Continue reading

Williams Crossing 2011 Pinot Noir (Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia)

Gentle handing of grapes in wine production really works! The results are amply displayed in this bottle from Curly Flat (Macedon Ranges of Victoria, Australia). Williams Crossing is their second label but powerful aromatics and impeccable flavours speak to the … Continue reading

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