Where do I start?
We are spoilt for choice in New Zealand Pinot Noir today because the quality has risen astronomically in the past 10 years.
Not only in Central Otago, where style and quality vary as dramatically as the spectacular scenery. Top Pinots are now made in Marlborough, Martinborough and Canterbury as well as the jaw droppingly beautiful deep south.
This column features a bunch of the best from Otago but this is the tip of a very long iceberg of top notch New Zealand Pinots, which I will write more about in coming weeks. I’ve been travelling (perhaps a tad too much), which has held me up on finishing and posting my usual Friday Wines of the Week, due to judging stints at various wine shows around the country.
So, on the eve of the next one (the annual Hawke’s Bay Bayley’s Wine Awards) here, without further ado, are six new Pinots that hit high notes.
Six top new Pinot Noirs (more to come)
Four new Chard Farm Pinot Noirs
Chard Farm is one of the oldest wineries in Central Otago. It’s situated in the stunning Gibbston Valley where a small percentage of its grapes are grown. There are now four single vineyard wines in its stable, the latest of which are featured here. Each one expresses a different aspect of Central’s dramatic southern climate and growing conditions.