|I visited New Zealand in January/February 2006, when I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest of the Central
Otago Pinot Noir Celebration, an absolutely terrifc bi-annual event held in and around beautiful Queenstown (pictured right) and the Central Otago vineyards. The event celebrates Pinot not
just from the local vineyards, but from around the world.
The Celebration runs over two days, with tastings, dinners, seminars and a generally excellent time had by all. It is open to the public and there were visiting Pinot enthusiasts there from as far afield as the UK and the USA. You can read about the celebration at its web site. but it is a unique event with fantastic food and wine, lovely people, and the most beautiful setting.
Saratoga Estate (New Zealand) Pinot Noir Finlay's Field 2005
Light fruit, slightly beetrooty. Rather lean. On the palate some sweet fruit, but a touch stewed.
Clos de Ste Anne (New Zealand) Pinot Noir 2003
Very bretty, mousy and metallic nose. Fruit on palate spoiled by excessive brett too.
John Forrest (New Zealand) Pinot Noir Waitaki Valley 2004
Fine, quite mineral nose, with a delicacy about the fruit. A little bit of floral perfume, and nice fruit. Great quality again, if a little tiny bit hollow in the mid-palate.