It's been a long while since we drank a NZ Pinot Noir with this much intensity, quality and complexity at this price. Gorgeous, with ripe cherries and raspberries, a touch of cassis, and savoury notes of wild thyme and spicy wood, all melding in maturity and starting to develop the fantastic 'sous bois' aromas of the forest floor. It's easy to drink as a glass of wine with cheese, and serious enough to have with a special main course. There's enough flavour to carry it with steak, as well as with white meats. It's only 12.5% alcohol, which is lower than you'd expect, and which is reflected in its light, refreshing finish
Decent NZ Pinot Noir at under £20 has become hard to find. I've had a couple that pass muster, but they've tasted stretched. Producers sometimes have to work a little too hard to make a price point, when the reality is they need to be more. Then there's a yawning gap in price as small producers have realized they need to be at least £35 on the shelf to be sustainable for low production and good quality. Plenty are also now in the £40 to £60 bracket. So, to find this at a solid mid £20 Pinot we were very excited.