Tasted: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia

By Martin Isark
If you buy your red burgundy from a top-notch traditional wine merchant or direct from one of Burgundy’s great Pinot Noir producers, then at a price, red burgundy has no equals. Unfortunately though, most red burgundies found at UK’s supermarkets, are at their worst barely drinkable, and at their best, poor value for money. Want to drink some decent Pinot Noir? Go straight to the New Zealand & Aussie shelves.

The product:
Pinot Noir from New Zealand?  Most New Zealand Pinot Noirs are well-crafted, and deliver aromas and flavours similar to that of a youthful red burgundy. Always worth a punt if the price fits.

Pinot Noir from Australia? Australian Pinot Noirs are well-crafted, but most are a grape or two below the ones from New Zealand.

The verdict:
All the Pinot Noirs tasted were of excellent quality, but the real star of the show was New Zealand’s Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Noir at a grape under twelve quid from Waitrose. 

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Contains: Sulphites and suitable for vegetarians.

Barcode: 9421900742196
Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Noir New Zeland 

Love Pinot Noir’s heady notes of raspberries and strawberries? This wine delivers them with a lick of French oak. A must try! Tasted by Martin Isark

Not forgetting: 

Barcode: 9311769917005
McWilliams Silverwood Pinot Noir Australia 
A very drinkable Aussie Pinot… at a wallet-pleasing price. Tasted by Martin Isark

Barcode: 9421018436406
Escarpment ‘The Edge’ Pinot Noir  New Zealand
Want a well-crafted Pinot Noir? This one from New Zealand won’t disappoint. Tasted by Martin Isark

Barcode: 9329454000000
Stonier Pinot Noir Australia
This easy drinking Pinot Noir presents aromas and flavours of ripe strawberries and raspberries threaded with a perfumed French oak twist.  Tasted by Martin Isark

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