South Island Pinot Noir

Felton Road

Block 3 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Deep crimson in colour. A rich Pinot as it always is with savoury plum notes, integrated oak and soft resolved tannins. Block 3 along with Block 5 always regarded as in the Dress Circle of Otago Pinots along with Mt Difficulty and Terra Sancta (ex Ollsens) all located in Felton Road. As mentioned in an earlier post I prefer other areas in NZ for PN but Felton Road has always been in the top echelon of New Zealand Pinot’s. A “cool” wine in every sense of the word. Good drinking now and can’t see any major improvement apart from becoming more savoury with more cellaring. — a day ago

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Spy Valley

Envoy Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Deep garnet color. A bit deep and making me forest like aroma. Fruity and juicy. Acidic. This is a type I have not met as NZ Pinot Noir before. 2nd day, still good! 2010 is good vintage for this one. @990, wine plus, 181207 — 2 days ago

Cape Winemakers Guild

Vriesenhof Vineyards Swanesang Pinot Noir 2015

Greg Ballington
9.0

@Delectable Wine this is the 2015 Vriesenhof Vineyards Cape Winemakers Guild Swanesang Pinot Noir.

Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).

Twelfth wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and the first red wine. This is made up of 100% Pinot Noir by Jan Coetzee from Stellenbosch. Aged for a total of twelve months prior to bottling. Only 47 cases produced with 36 being auctioned in 2018. Sadly this was Jan's last year as a member of the Guild as he has decided to retire.

Light to medium mix of garnet and ruby red in appearance. A touch stinky on the attack of the nose with some animal nuances, followed up by purple flowers and cherries. Medium plus acidity (7/10) and light plus to medium bodied. Layered palate with black cherries, leather, spices, touch of earth and some darker characteristics in the long finish. Drink till 2026.

$$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction and only sold as magnums. Average bid at auction was R4,565.00 ($107.39 a magnum) a case. Highest bid was R6,600.00 ($155.27 a magnum) and lowest bid was R3,600.00 ($84.69 a magnum).

#vriesenhof #pinotnoir #stellenbosch #southafrica #cwgauction #cwg #redwine
— 2 months ago

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Cape Winemakers Guild

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2017

Greg Ballington
9.2

@Delectable Wine this is the 2017 Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Cape Winemakers Guild Pinot Noir.

Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).

Fifteenth wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and the fourth red wine. This is made up of 100% Pinot Noir by Gottfried Mocke from the Kaaimansgat vineyard (Crocodile's Lair) in the Overberg region in the Western Cape. Aged for a total of fifteen months in 50% new oak barrels prior to bottling. Only 60 cases produced with 40 being auctioned in 2018.

Medium ruby red with garnet edges. Layered nose with an attack of leather, followed up by dark cherries and fresh twigs. Medium acidity (6/10) and well integrated with a medium body. Rich palate with complex layers of dark berries, spices, gravel and touch of twigs. Well refined and seems to have some good aging potential. Long finish. Drink till 2029.

$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction. Average bid at auction was R3,880.00 ($45.64 a bottle) a case. Highest bid was R4,800.00 ($56.46 a bottle) and lowest bid was R3,200.00 ($37.64 a bottle).

#gottfriedmocke #pinotnoir #overberg #southafrica #cwgauction #cwg #redwine
— 2 months ago

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Brennan

Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Big, ripe black cherry, almost liqueured. Damp earth. This is undeniably a very well made wine, but a bit too modern/glossy for my tastes stylistically — 16 days ago

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Martinborough Vineyard

Home Block Pinot Noir 2013

Twiggy with beetroot aromas. On the palate earthy beetroot notes with black cherry and spiced cranberry. Lovely supple tannins. The palate is more profound than the nose which is rather muted by comparison. Delicious now but could drink the remainder over the next 3 years. With NZ Pinot Central Otago gets most of the plaudits and positive press but personally I prefer Martinborough and Canterbury for Pinot Noir. — 4 days ago

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Ceccherini Cristiano

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As you know I don’t agree on your preference for this or Canterbury region over Central Otago for Pinot Noir, but I admit that you are not the first person telling me that and as a consequence I will look into it🙏
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@Ceccherini Cristiano Try the Ata Rangi and Dry River from Martinborough and Bell Hill from Canterbury. The latter is hard to come by.
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Never come across the latter
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The Ned

Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2017

Rosé All Day! Had a hard time believing the first bottle we tried was as good as we remembered it was... so we waited a week and tried a second. Delightful punchy nose of strawberry and citrus. Alcohol (13%) is well integrated and the acid is refreshing. Going back to get a case. — a day ago

Cape Winemakers Guild

Gordon Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windansea Pinot Noir 2017

Greg Ballington
9.0

@Delectable Wine this is the 2017 Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Cape Winemakers Guild Windansea Pinot Noir.

Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).

Fourteenth wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and the third red wine. This is made up of 100% Pinot Noir by Gordon Newton Johnson from a single vineyard (Windansea) in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley region in Walker Bay. Aged for a total of seventeen months, six of which were in large oak barrels prior to bottling. Only 100 cases produced with 40 being auctioned in 2018.

Light to medium ruby red. Elegant nose layered with perfume, black cherries, spices and a little bit of minerality. Medium plus acidity (7/10) and light plus to medium bodied. Well balanced palate with layers of dark crushed flowers, cinnamon, black currants and twigs. Long and lingering finish with some minerality coming through. Drink till 2029.

$$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction. Average bid at auction was R7,310.00 ($85.98 a bottle) a case. Highest bid was R7,800.00 ($91.75 a bottle) and lowest bid was R6,800.00 ($79.99 a bottle).(90+)

#newtonjohnsonfamily #pinotnoir #hemelenaarde #walkerbay #southafrica #cwgauction #cwg #redwine
— 2 months ago

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Peregrine

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Our friend Kelly brought this back from her trip to Oz and it doesn’t disappoint. Small production NZ Pinot with depth but not too much fruit so the top end finishes beautifully. Lots of tobacco and anise without being overbearing and one dimensional. I like the huckleberry side notes and enough earth tone to match up with some of the top Oregon Pinot that stays in the more traditional Burgundian style. — 14 days ago

Trinity Hill

Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir 2016

Color of light cranberry juice. Nose of fresh berry note, a bit spice, violet, and some rose pedal. Taste of similar fresh berry note, light with some substantial but soft acidity, silky, cranberry, a bit flowering or honey note, a bit vanilla, and indeed some noticeable tannings. Aftertaste of some more flowering note, a bit zest and bittersweet. Light yet enough flavors to raise her above average. — 8 days ago

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