As a great fan of pinot noir, I embrace all good pinots whether they’re delicate, ethereal Yarra Valley, bolder Mornington Peninsula, brightly fruity Tasmanian or more structured Martinborough iterations. There’s plenty of great pinot noir coming out of Kiwiland, and my strongest fondness lies with Martinborough – which has been doing it well for longer than any other New Zealand region.
In my latest pinot tasting uploads, there are some rippers. Martinborough’s Ata Rangi, New Zealand’s most famous pinot, is almost a shoo-in every year, and its 2012 ($79 – tasting) is another beaut. Also from the stony Martinborough terrace but less well-known is Te Kairanga, which has had some ups and downs in its career but now seems to be set on a path of excellence. Its three 2013 pinots, the regular at $25 (tasting), Runholder at $33 (tasting) and John Martin at $50 (tasting), are all high-level pinots which add lustre to the region’s already shiny image.
Speaking of value, here are a couple of rippers. For the second successive year Rock Ferry Cawte’s Cave 2013 (tasting), from Central Otago, is a terrific wine and also for the second time, it’s being specialled off at $15 by online retailer getwinesdirect.com.au. This retailer’s stocks seem to ebb and flow, so you’ll have to take pot luck with ordering it. If you can jag a case, it’s a great buy: I reckon it would still be good value at the regular price of $39. How anyone can sell it for $15 is beyond my ken.
I’ve uploaded 146 pinot noir tasting notes this month, something for every pinotphile’s pocket.