It’s so nice to find something quite small, rare and a bit secret. We recently found just that with a bottle of Pied Stilt Pinot Noir from Nelson.
It’s really gratifying to talk with families that make their wine by hand, put so much love and energy into every step and treat every bottle like a child. Ross and Faith Jackson founded Pied Stilt in 2001 and it’s one of those vineyards off the beaten track and a hidden gem that you should try.
The name gives homage to the migratory wading birds that visit their beautiful countryside with its name and the the ancient Motueka River terroir that gives its delicate flavours and aromas.
You can find out more about their story in a previous post here.
2010 Pied Stilt Reserve Pinot Noir
Nelson, Marlborough, New Zealand
The wine is like it’s namesake, delicate with lofty balance, and a gentle, airy movement that is both graceful and soothing. Soft with lovely cherry and berry essences, it glides through to a very light toast and caramel finish. A beautiful tranquil wine that exudes a serenity, smoothness yet with a gentle harmony of flavours, befitting the finnicky Pinot Noir grape.
Perfect for a lovely summer evening at dusk.
** Also for the summer holidays you should take advantage of their wine special that offers 6 bottles of this wine which is normally $40, for $25.