Grape Variety: Pinot noir
Category: Red Wine
Country: New Zealand
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Borthwick Vineyard
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Description: “Grown near Masterton, in the Gladstone sub-region, the 2008 vintage is a deeply coloured, attractively perfumed red with vibrant cherry and plum flavours, showing excellent depth, ripeness and suppleness. Youthful, with good, savoury complexity and plenty of muscle, it should mature well. Score: 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) (Michael Cooper, Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wine, 2010)” LCBO
Medium minus ruby with a tint of garnet in colour with a medium intense nose.
Positives: A good mix of Old World & New World Pinot in style, meaning not over bearing & having a good balance between fruit & earthy notes. Very smooth Pinot showing pine, rhubarb, cranberry, sour cherry, wooden embers, suede & truffles. Medium minus in body with medium minus tannins, good acidity, long length & the alcohol is well integrated.
Negatives: Slightly over sour on the finish.
Food friendly wine that will go well with duck or turkey. Drink now or over the next 2 years.
Tasted: 12 Mar 12
Score: 9/10, Value: 8.5/10, Total: 17.5/20
Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4