Greystone 2010 Pinot Noir

I normally prefer to taste wine at home, ideally with a meal matched to the wine but last night an opportunity to try a range of pinots in a line-up was too good to miss.  During my grazing through 50+ wines one stood out from the crowd. It was the 2010 Greystone from Waipara Valley in the south island of NZ.

The 2010 Greystone shines in the glass like a polished gem. You can’t pass it by. It is an intense, dark garnet in colour and with perfect crystal like clarity. The nose is lifted combining dark fruits including plum and black cherry, with a hints of spice and smoke. The palate is rich in dark cherry, berry fruits and a touch of spice. I suspect that this wine would sing in a decent glass (as opposed to the standard tasting glass that I was using)  and has the structure to age and develop for up to at least 5 years. It finished well with good length, ripe fruit tannins and a nice balanced oak treatment. I would score this wine 94 points and throughly recommend trying it for yourself. It would make a perfect partner for duck magret.

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