- Grape:Pinot Noir
- Home:Nelson / New Zealand
- Style:Light bodied / Smooth
- Taste:Plums / Cherries / Hint of oak
- Food:White meat / Duck / Chinese dishes
- Awards:2014 vintage: International Wine Challenge – Bronze / International Wine & Spirit Competition - Bronze / 2016 vintage : International Wine Challenge - Commended
- Lifestyle:2014 vintage: not Vegetarian / 2016 vintage: Vegan
Nelson – a coastal region on the tip New Zealand’s South Island – is a Pinot Noir grape hotspot. They are delicate and tricky to grow, but Nelson’s combination of antipodean sun, sheltering mountains and fresh sea air makes for very happy grapes.
So that’s exactly where we get it from. Like most Pinot Noirs, it’s a lighter colour than many other reds, but this particular one is especially fruity, with some prominent plum and cherry flavours. It makes the drinking as happy as the grapes.
Our advice is to get yourself a lovely roast chicken or duck and get pouring. In fact, because of its lightness, it also works very nicely indeed with fish.
Geek Fact: Pinot Noir (a red grape, obviously) is one of the main grapes used for Champagne, along with Pinot Meunier (red) and Chardonnay (white).