After visiting Wine AKL over the weekend, a great tasting event where you get to meet wineries and wines you have never previously met or imbibed before, we were introduced to this small south island gem. I love when you get to have Central Otago come to you!
I am learning more about “Central” as the locals like to say, and have to say that all the smaller producers in the region are doing really great things as well as raising the profile of what terroir means to New Zealand and for New Zealand wine overall outside of our island. (Yes, New Zealand is technically an island, or two if you are specific)
Definitely check out their website for the full story but I really liked how this wine gives you the inspiration to overcome obstacles, something we all probably need to be reminded of and how better than by enjoying a beautiful bottle of Central Otago Pinot.
On to the review!
Kalex 2011 Pinot Noir
Central Otago (South of the South Island) and incidentally one of the best regions for Pinot, on the same latitudes, around 45 degrees, as Burgundy and the Willamette Valley in Oregon
Like a scholarly professor that has the proper checked shirt, bow tie and oxford shoes, it is perfectly presented and has an air of sophistication and reserved knowledge. All the boxes are checked and this one makes you want to show up to learn something more about Pinot.
A rich story unfolds with lots of dark plums and cherries that roll into roasted caramel and toasty oak. It finishes, as you do at a good campfire with a well cooked marshmallow, with a long finish of sweet and slightly burnt flavours that make you instantly crave the next go.
Yay, it’s Friday! Only a few hours until the long weekend kicks off and wine o’clock is just around the corner.
I pulled together some Queen’s Birthday Essentials for you. Whether you’re staying at home or heading away – slow down, put your feet up and relax.
Buy yourself a nice bunch of flowers or simply get them delivered to your door-step by Bloom Social if you’re in Auckland.
Set the scene with a new pendant light and fancy fragrant candle and cosy up on the couch with your favourite mag and a generous glass of Pinot.
Here are my top picks for the weekend:
Parkburn Vineyard and Gibbston Valley Back Road Vineyard, Central Otago, New Zealand (South Island)
I don’t know if you have ever met a dark cherry spice cake with a velvet middle that you didn’t like. This wine could be considered the same. From the beginning you want to sit back and savour, a little molten mocha meets you in the middle and carries you straight through the soft chewy finish. A bit moreish this wine is.
You might want to keep this one all to yourself on an indulgent afternoon.
You can order this wine here.