Superstar pinot noir

Amisfield vineyards in the Pisa subregion of Central Otago. (Photo: Luxury Wine Tours website)

Does Central Otago produce this country’s best examples of pinot noir? According to my database (and palate), the answer is yes, by a slim margin, although the other pinot noir regions are hot on Central Otago’s heels.

The deliciously drinkable Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2016, led the field in points and price.

That was illustrated by three wines from three different regions tasted recently, with only two points separating them.

The deliciously drinkable Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2016, led the field in points and price. This new label is more concentrated and slightly more restrained than the regular label. It also shows greater cellaring potential. (NZD $80)

Jules Taylor’s OTQ Wrekin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 from Marlborough is another quite intense pinot with cellaring potential, although it is seductively drinkable now. (NZD $42.99)

Finally, the Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir 2016 from Nelson is the most structured of the three wines and also the most complex. A little restrained now, but with the potential to be the overall winner if the three wines were re-tasted in ten years’ time. (NZD $65)

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