Loveblock

Central Otago Pinot Noir

8.7136 ratings
8.729 pro ratings
Central Otago, Otago, South Island, New Zealand
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Daniel P. Drake

Sunday night and tonight's wine is the 2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand.

On the nose there is strawberry, cranberry, cherry, cola, caramel, vanilla and a mineral dust soil component.

On the palate there is nice fruit, cranberry, cherry, raspberry, clove, herbs, mint and dusty soil.

This is a medium bodied wine that has a smooth mouth feel, medium + acidity with medium fine tannins that move right into a medium to long fresh fruit finish. Have a wonderful week ahead and please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Sunday night and tonight's wine is the 2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand.

On the nose there is strawberry, cranberry, cherry, cola, caramel, vanilla and a mineral dust soil component.

On the palate there is nice fruit, cranberry, cherry, raspberry, clove, herbs, mint and dusty soil.

This is a medium bodied wine that has a smooth mouth feel, medium + acidity with medium fine tannins that move right into a medium to long fresh fruit finish. Have a wonderful week ahead and please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Nov 25th, 2019
Jeffrey Bragman

President at WINEPSYCH

8.8

Signed by Kim Crawford.

Signed by Kim Crawford.

Mar 21st, 2019
Randy Fuller

The 2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir comes from the mountains of Central Otago, the small Someone’s Darling Vineyard. It’s all Pinot Noir, and is one of the most restrained and elegant of that varietal that I have tasted from New Zealand. The label may say Central Otago, but the wine suggests Burgundy. It’s aged eight months in used oak barrels, hits 13.5% abv and sells for $30. The nose is light and beautiful. Crawford seemed apologetic when describing it as an odd vintage, but I think she would have more on target to be boastful.

The 2018 Loveblock Pinot Noir comes from the mountains of Central Otago, the small Someone’s Darling Vineyard. It’s all Pinot Noir, and is one of the most restrained and elegant of that varietal that I have tasted from New Zealand. The label may say Central Otago, but the wine suggests Burgundy. It’s aged eight months in used oak barrels, hits 13.5% abv and sells for $30. The nose is light and beautiful. Crawford seemed apologetic when describing it as an odd vintage, but I think she would have more on target to be boastful.

Mar 1st, 2019
Eric

I just couldn’t connect with Kim’s Pinot.

I just couldn’t connect with Kim’s Pinot.

2 people found it helpfulNov 12th, 2019
Ron R
9.0

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.

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.

1 person found it helpfulOct 1st, 2019
Leslee D. Miller

Owner and Certified Sommelier Amusée Wine Consulting

8.2

Tried on the @loveblockwine PinotNoir for the 1st time tonite. Paired it to my Gr Chile Chx Chili & the pairing was spot on!
Here's what I ❤️'d about this wine: The dk lusty aromas of blk cherry, cinnamon & cassis. And the wine's fresh rspbry, mulled strwbry, dried basil, zip of licorice & textured spice box mouthfeel. Easy to drink & a fab pairing to a Sunday night in, #valentinesday & more.
What I didn't like: The pricepoint😕 On the shelf for $37. A wine I wouldn't pay much more than $25 for. In the end, a nice lil NZ sipper, just a wee over priced.

Tried on the @loveblockwine PinotNoir for the 1st time tonite. Paired it to my Gr Chile Chx Chili & the pairing was spot on!
Here's what I ❤️'d about this wine: The dk lusty aromas of blk cherry, cinnamon & cassis. And the wine's fresh rspbry, mulled strwbry, dried basil, zip of licorice & textured spice box mouthfeel. Easy to drink & a fab pairing to a Sunday night in, #valentinesday & more.
What I didn't like: The pricepoint😕 On the shelf for $37. A wine I wouldn't pay much more than $25 for. In the end, a nice lil NZ sipper, just a wee over priced.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 8th, 2016
Randy Fuller

It’s a dark wine, and a fragrant one. Blackberry and raspberry dominate the nose with allspice, tobacco and vanilla wafting in. The palate shows plenty of freshness, great acidity, dark fruit and spices. It's a little muscular for my Pinot taste, but it carries it well. Nice tart finish. It should be a great match with roasted meat or a soft cheese.

It’s a dark wine, and a fragrant one. Blackberry and raspberry dominate the nose with allspice, tobacco and vanilla wafting in. The palate shows plenty of freshness, great acidity, dark fruit and spices. It's a little muscular for my Pinot taste, but it carries it well. Nice tart finish. It should be a great match with roasted meat or a soft cheese.

Apr 25th, 2017
Juan Valencia

Super flinty! But fun.

Super flinty! But fun.

Jan 20th, 2016
Sean Genn

Earthy mushrooms

Earthy mushrooms

Feb 14th, 2015
Siobhan Commerford Weinstein

Staff fave (& personal fave)!

Staff fave (& personal fave)!

Jul 8th, 2014