Wellington Wine Country pinot pleasures


(Photo: Bob Campbell MW)

On a recent visit to Martinborough, my hosts staged a blind tasting of mixed whites and pinot noir from the wider “Wairarapa” region, now called “Wellington Wine Country”. I had tasted many of the wines but it was good to re-visit them in a different context. Also good to discover new talent. The three wines listed below all scored 95 points or more and hadn’t previously been tasted by me.

I had never tasted any of Brodie Estate’s wines so got off to a flying start with the 2014 Brodie Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, which I gather is about to be released. It showed masses of fruit in an accessible and crowd-pleasing style. I look forward to trying more wines from this top producer.

Johner regularly supplies me with his latest releases, but I stumbled onto a “top secret” and as yet unpriced and unreleased wine that had been developed, in miniscule quantity (500 bottles), for the 2017 Pinot Noir celebration in wellington. They have christened their secret weapon 2014 Johner “Terroir” Pinot Noir. it’s a terrific wine with a great future.

Matahiwi Estate from Wairarapa (soon to be Masterton or Gladstone) is another winery that keeps me up to date with new releases, but I had not previously tasted there excellent 2015 Matahiwi Holly Pinot Noir, Wairarapa. It’s a charming, elegant wine with a haunting aroma and seductive texture.

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