This precocious Pinot is the whole package. With its immaculately clean berry aromas and piercing red-berry fruit, it’s smooth, sweet and just smoky enough, with perfect vanilla oak kissing the full, ripe finish. Whitehaven’s Pinot is clearly a fine estate-grown wine made in the artisan style.
Score another for this Marlborough winery. Its SB mixes healthy doses of green pepper and snap peas with requisite citrus characteristics, and then underneath the surface there are notes of peach, melon and cream. It’s a full-bodied wine, with a medium-length citrus finish and lots of texture and character. All in all it represents its homeland and the grape…
Intense passion fruit and citrus aromas blast from the glass, leaving no doubt about the intensity. Thankfully, it’s harmonious as well, blending ripe notes of melon and fig with strident citrus flavors and a hint of jalapeño on the finish.
Winemaker Simon Waghorn has been able to maintain this brand’s quality even as production has ramped up to 100,000 cases, a remarkable feat. The 2008 features ripe, tropical fruit aromas of guava and pineapple that morph easily into flavors of nectarine and fig; expect some herbal notes to emerge by the time it reaches consumers. It’s plump in the mouth, yet…
This pretty wine artfully blends earth and fruit—cherries and beets with sous bois and leather—but the best part is its mouthfeel, silky and caressing, lingering delicately on the finish.
With 75,000 cases of this wine now coming to the U.S., it has to be one of the more ubiquitous New Zealand offerings. Thankfully, the quality is very good, with ripe nectarine aromas and flavors touched by just a slight varietally correct grassiness. Long and mouthwatering on the finish.
This full-bodied, round, softly textured Pinot Noir should win many friends for New Zealand, easily blending black cherries with cola and spice. It’s smooth and supple on the palate, with just enough acidity to keep it from becoming too bulky. Imported by E & J Gallo
This may not have the complexity of some of the country’s best Pinots, but this is still a fine example of what New Zealand can do with the variety. Clean black cherry fruit is accented by touches of vanilla and dried spices, while the mouthfeel is soft, with well-concealed tannin. The finish is finely textured, adding lingering notes of cinnamon and clove.