Cost: $27.50
Grape: Pinot Noir
Category: Red Wine
Location LCBO Vintages
Country: New Zealand
Region: Central Otago
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Desert Heart Wine Company
Alcohol: 14% Alcohol/Vol.

Not subtle or gentle but in forthright & upfront Pinot

Description: Medium garnet to ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose. This wine features light pine, dark cherry, rhubarb, wet moss and light smoked underbrush. Medium+ body and tannins, good acidity and a fairly long length.

Negatives: None if you have it in the right glassware

Interesting Note: Using an Old World style Pinot glass (Riedel), at first I had over chilled it, and it tasted like Gamay. After warming up a little the first part of the taste was not great but the there were underlying notes that I really liked. Then I tried it in a New World style Pinot glass (Riedel) and it was a game changer towards the positive.

Drink now or in the next 5 years on its own or pair it with Pork Chops in Balsamic Cherry Sauce.

Tasted: 12 Dec 2015

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5+/10 Total: 18/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: Special Order