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

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

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

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

NZ PINOT NOIR 2010

I attended NZ Pinot Noir 2010 conference with my beautiful friend and fellow pinot lover Pat Landee of Patty’s Pinot Closet fame (www.pinotnoirs.com). This is a great event  held every 3 years and is an outstanding opportunity to learn about … Continue reading