South Island Pinot Noir

Bell Hill Vineyards

Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir 2016

Pale Ruby. Some clove and tarry nuances on the nose. The pale colour belies the M+ Intensity. Very Burgundian in aroma, structure and palate. Even better on the 2nd night. The 2nd wine of Bell Hill made from younger vines from the top Cuvée. Very impressive. Only 1897 bottles made from Canterbury NZ and difficult to source even in Australia. — 3 days ago

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Domaine Rewa

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Medium depth of color; great nose full of tart strawberries, minerals and liquorice root; all of which are prominent on the palate along with moderate oak notes, a very high acid level, and a long Otago-type finish. — 6 days ago

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Nelson Pinot Noir Syrah 2017

Sour raspberry and cherry with black pepper and smoke on the finish. — a day ago

19 Crimes

The Punishment Pinot Noir

2018 in Oct. 2019. Love it. A top Pinot , better than I’ve had in a long while. Round, smooth. Notes of pepper, dark cherry, finishes with lighter feel than upfront. Unique and memorable on its own merits. Will get this again! — 8 hours ago


Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

Ron R

I typically follow WS when it comes to picking out great wines, but their 93 pts rating and tasting description is wide of the mark. It presents as a typical cool-climate pinot. Really nice brambly nose, with sandalwood and rose petals. Palate is high-pitched, with the elevated acid being the first noticeable aspect. Fruits such as pomegranate follow through to the end. Medium tannins and a light texture complete what is a clean, vibrant example. $24 for this vintage in NJ.
I rated this 88 pts, while wifey was in the 91/92 zone, so we split the difference.
— 15 days ago

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Hey @Dawn E., I was disappointed. I experienced no “weight or texture,” over and above what I expect from this region. @Severn Goodwin, I have the utmost respect for WS. Their articles and tasting principles have taught me much. Just a reminder that they are not immune to the occasional outlier. They are mere mortals in the end, just like us 😏
Laith A

Laith A

I’ve been a subscriber of wine spectator for over 12 years now! Learned a ton! Their ratings are more on point than any other wine publication in my opinion. WA/RP, WE and JD are a bit too generous with their scores I think!
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@Laith A, agree with all your points. Cheers

Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir

Pale ruby color, with Pronounced aromas of ripe, jammy strawberry, cherry tobacco and forest floor. Some vanilla comes out along with some tertiary notes. High acidity, medium + body, medium alcohol (13.5%) with the palate mirroring the nose, adding to strawberry and cherry some mineral and earthy graphite notes. Fine grained tannins with a medium finish. complex, with very good quality lacking only a longer finish to bring it up to par with the finest examples from Walker Bay. — 6 days ago

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Bannaockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Kirk F

Nice bottle, should probably venture to NZ a bit more often. — 2 months ago

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Interesting. Are Etude collaborating down under??

Villa Maria

Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Very nice wine with dinner everyone commented on it sweet and fruity good all rounder with game or beef — 5 days ago

Ata Rangi

Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

Wait for it... the second day this showed well, and finally started to open with some forest and Burgundian notes. The first day was tight and sharp. ... I don’t agree with some of the sky high magazine reviews, perhaps projecting potential like an over valued dot com. — 4 days ago

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@Jonathan Wall I have found these need around 4 to 5 years before pulling the cork on the first one. A mature example is a wonderful Pinot Noir I think you will find.


Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Red and blue fruits give way to orange zest , animal fur ,baking spices violets and minerals . Rich and full-bodied on the palate yet has Wonderful elegance and mineral infused finish with lingering cherry and dry extract . This wine comes from the valley floor and you get the richness and depth from the heavier soil. A stunning bottle that will improve over the next few years and last at least a decade more . — a month ago

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