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

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

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