New Zealand’s Marlborough region has SO much more going for it than just Sauvignon Blanc, it has the potential for elegant and charming Pinot Noir too. Whereas Central Otago, with its many sunlight hours, produces bold, vivacious Pinot, I find they are too often too high in alcohol. There is much to love in the drinkability of the Marlborough Pinots.
The Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is made from grapes sourced from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. Fresh raspberry, black cherry and dried herb notes are supported by the richness of some finely honed vanilla oak. Ten months in mostly old oak has given this pinot some polish and extended the finish. As it moves through the mouth, it takes a more earthy and herbal tone.
To get the best out of this wine, it needs to open up so either decant it or leave the bottle open for an hour before serving. Give it this time and it will become a richly perfumed crowd pleaser for a good price.
Quickie review «A gently perfumed and persuasive pinot that becomes more earthy on the palate.»
Country of Origin: New Zealand Date: November 2017 Price: AUD20+ /GBP12 Drink: now – 5 years Needs food: no Source: purchase