He says: The sub-$50 Pinot Noir category can be a bit of a minefield, with often more misses than hits, especially when buying French. Thus, this has become the domain of the New World, with consistency being delivered by the USA, New Zealand, Australia, and others. With these regions, the emphasis is on fruity, clean, focused, linear wines, often lacking the complexity, weight and earthiness of fine Burgundy. So, it’s with interest that we opened this Central Otago offering hoping to find a New World gem. Unfortunately, it garnered mixed reviews. I found it simple, but hedonistic in that the alcohol was quite evident on the finish. It also added to the mouthfeel, and was kept in check on the palate by the acidity. This is a solid Pinot Noir, but would it be worth the $40-50 CAD it’d be priced at in BC? Probably not.
She says: Pinot Noir, is such a fickle grape, that can either lead to great excitement or just as easily, disappointment. For me, this was a disappointment, especially at the £20 price tag. It lacked depth and complexity and I found it to have a bitter finish which literally left a bad taste in my mouth. I wish I had spent the money on a bottle of bubbly instead!
Looks like: Clear, bright, med ruby with a wide, pale rim, legs
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, developing, simple red cherry, red fruit, sweet spice
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med body, med intensity, med- bitter tannin, ripe red cherry, quite linear, med+ heady alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Good, Ready to drink but can develop further