New Zealand Pinot Noir
Tim Atkins Top 50 Tasted in New Zealand House June 2013
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2010 Martinborough Liberty Wines 95 2013-17 The nose has an attractive mix of fragrances bramble and bilberry and although the palate has richness and sweetness at the back there is freshness that lightens and lengthens the flavours.
Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Martinborough Craggy Range Vineyards 94 2013-17 There is depth and richness on the nose and the start of the palate has a powerful mix of flavours with more of a black fruit influence. Towards the back raspberry and loganberry feature refreshing the back palate and finish.
Escarpment Kupé Pinot Noir 2010 Martinborough Seckford Agencies 96 2013-18 The nose is fresh quite firm with lots of red cherry but the palate is sweet and rich with more black fruits showing. Layers of flavour give complexity the richness towards the back balanced by a mix of red fruits.
Julicher Estate Pinot Noir 2010 Martinborough Quest Wines 92 2013-17 It is light with a fragrant charm but lacking a bit of substance. Fresh raspberries feature on the mid palate and although it fills out a bit towards the back the finish is light with red fruited freshness.
Kusada Pinot Noir 2010 Martinborough Hallowed Ground 91 2013-18 The nose is firm and tight and the palate has structure black cherry to the fore. There is more sweetness in the middle a touch of ripe black plum but towards the back red fruit freshness and firmness prevails.
Martinborough Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 Martinborough Majestic Wines 93 2013-18 The mix of black and red fruits gives lots of interest the richness sweetness of the black underpinned by fresh red. There is depth of fruit in the middle and towards the back with lots of raspberry refreshing the finish.
Schubert Block B Pinot Noir 2010 Wairarapa Ellis of Richmond 90 2013-17 Brambles are backed by red fruits raspberry and loganberry. The palate starts fresh fills out in the middle but towards the back it is lighter slightly lacking concentration and the finish is a bit tight.
Auntsfield Estate Road Ridge Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough New Generation Wines 90 2013-17 The nose is light very fresh with red fruits dominating the palate. Although slightly richer in the middle the acidity is high the back palate very fresh and quite firm.
Churton The Abyss Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Farr Vintners 94 2013-18 The sweetness of the fruit gives richness on the nose and a fleshy start to the palate. Black fruits seem to dominate but under some strawberry and mulberry adds to the complexity. The mix of fruits lingers on the finish.
Dog Point Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Fields Morris & Verdin 93 2013-18 The nose has a lovely fragrant red fruited charm with the richer red fruits coming through on the mid palate ripe strawberries. There is under4lying acidity more raspberry flavours refreshing the finish.
Foxes Island Renard Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Justerini & Brooks 92 2013-18 Sweet ripe fruit gives richness on the nose but the mid palate is firmer with red and black cherry. There is an underlying freshness a redcurrant character that gives a lighter feel on the finish.
Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Boutinot 90 2014-19 The nose is tight and the palate very closed at the start. Red fruits dominate red cherry with fresh redcurrant and although it opens up on the back palate the finish is firm and tight.
Seresin Estate Sun and Moon Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Armit Wines 93 2013-19 The nose has a fragrant charm and the start of the palate appears to be quite light but there is richness of fruit there depth towards the back with a mix of fresh raspberry and fuller sweeter strawberry.
Seresin Estate Raupo Creek Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Armit Wines 92 2013-19 The nose has fragrant charm quite light fresh and red fruited. There is a richer feel to the palate still red fruit in character but with sweetness of flavour. Redcurrant is there at the back giving a attractive fresh finish.
Spy Valley Envoy Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Bibendum Wine 92 2013-19 Ripe fruit gives a rich feel to the nose and lovely depth of fruit on the palate. The layers of fruit fresh raspberry and richer mulberry give complexity with the raspberry freshness giving brightness on the finish.
TerraVin Eaton Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Clark Foyster Wines 91 2013-18 There is a fresh fruited charm quite light with lovely fragrances. The fresh start gives way to richer fruit some ripe strawberry with the redcurrant towards the back giving a fresh appeal to the finish.
Villa Maria Seddon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough Hatch Mansfield 94 2013-19 The nose has the richness on ripe fruit with concentrated flavours on the palate. Black fruits are to the fore at the start but behind there is the freshness of mulberry and redcurrant. The fruit on the finish lingers long.
Neudorf Vineyards Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Nelson Fields Morris & Verdin 91 2013-18 The nose is firm and the start of the palate tight. It fills out in the middle with a rich mix of bramble and mulberry but towards the back the very fresh red fruits tend to lighten the finish.
Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2010 North Canterbury Armit Wines 93 2013-19 There is a lovely depth of flavour on the nose with black fruited richness on the palate. Firm black cherry is underpinned by bilberry and bramble the freshness of the mix giving a slightly lighter feel to the finish.
Black Estate Pinot Noir 2010 North Canterbury Lea & Sandeman 94 2013-19 The nose has a fragrant charm black fruited but fresh with bilberry and bramble lots of complexity. The back palate has depth and richness with firmer black cherry on the finish.
Black Estate Omihi Series Pinot Noir 2010 North Canterbury Lea & Sandeman 95 2013-19 Black fruits are very much in evidence deep rich brooding with the ripeness giving a fleshy richness on the start of the palate. The powerful mix is balanced by freshness still quite black fruit in character and this brings out a hint of pepper spice on the finish.
Pyramid Valley Earth Smoke Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 North Canterbury Les Caves de Pyrene 91 2013-18 Black and red fruits intermingle on the nose backed by herbal grassy spiciness. Although slightly sweeter in the middle the red fruits that show at the back are fresh and give a lighter feel to the finish.
Mountford Estate Pinot Noir 2010 Waipara Valley Hallowed Ground 90 2013-18 The nose has a fragrant charm quite light and red fruited. The palate starts fresh redcurrant and raspberry and these fresher flavours bring out a nutty character lots of hazel nuts on the finish.
Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2010 Waipara Valley New Generation Wines 95 2013-20 Rich fruit gives depth to the nose and concentration on the palate. Black fruits tend to dominate yet behind there are some sweeter red fruits mulberry and red cherry. The finish has depth of flavour a mix of sweetness yet freshness lots of complexity.
Forrest Wines John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir 2010 Waitaki Valley Adnams 94 2013-19 Bramble and bilberry refresh the nose and give a bright start to the palate. Under the freshness there is the richness of black cherry a lovely depth of ripe fruit. The freshness at the back brings out the fragrances and gives a slightly lighter feel to the finish.
Pasquale Hakataramea Pinot Noir 2010 Waitaki Valley Seeking Distribution 92 2013-18 The fruit on the nose is sweet richness of flavour and the palate starts with sweet ripe black fruits. The mid palate is fresher more mulberry in character but it fills out towards the back with sweet black fruit.
Pasquale Pinot Noir 2010 Waitaki Valley Seeking Distribution 93 2013-19 The nose is full of ripe fruit and the palate rich sweet fruited quite fleshy. Black fruits are to the fore rich black cherry with fresher bilberry and blackcurrant. The ripeness of the flavours enriches the finish.
Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Waitaki Valley Armit Wines 92 2013-18 It is light fragrant fresh fruited with more red fruits on the nose than black. It fills out in the middle nice rich flavours ripe fruit and this sweetness of fruit enriches the back palate.
Brennan B2 Pinot Noir 2010 Central Otago Brennan Wines 95 2013-20 The nose has the richness and sweetness of ripe fruit a lovely mix of bramble and black cherry. There is a lot happening on the palate layers of flavour the ripe black fruits underpinned by fresher red. The finish is long fragrant with lingering flavours.
Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2010