Waipara Pinot Noir 2009 Central Otago Morrison’s £12.99

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This might seem like a pricy tipple, still not austerity “esk” but believe me when you see a South Island Kiwi Pinot for that price your eyes widen, ears prick up and a desire for it to accompany a rare steak or a lazy weekend evening becomes very compelling. The label is misleading I grant you. Waipara is found in the Canterbury Plains north of Central Otago but that’s mere detail. The 2009 might also seem young but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, or, as it is in this case, in the drinking.

The tasting notes describe “blackberries and plums and hints of nutmeg on the nose” having a “rich lingering palate of cherry and bitter-sweet chocolate with firm tannin”. Of the later I have no doubt, but the former is more mysterious and harder to discern. I would deny the nutmeg for certain, but this is just detail. The wine itself is generous, cuddly and just about affordable. With its similarly priced bed fellows, usually “super market own”, it is a class apart, an established maker and, like a migratory bird blown off course by a violent wind, a rarity to fine in such a location.

It would indeed struggle with more illustrious and established global competition. That’s not its intent. This wants to beat its competition at this “entry” level and does so easily. Near neighbours at the price and value wouldn’t easily be Otagoan, more Chilean but they are often hit and miss.  8/10

 The DVD was awesome too….https://i2.wp.com/www.nznewsuk.co.uk/newspromos/29628.jpg

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