WINE TRAVEL: Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region, accounting for three quarters of the country’s wine production, 70% of its vineyard area and 85% of its wine exports. Lots of sun, cool nights, low autumn rains and free draining alluvial soils combine to make Marlborough one of the world’s great wine producing regions. Most of the vineyards lie in two adjacent estuary valleys: Wairau and Awatere.

Marlborough has an enviable international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. The variety dominates in the region and accounts for 79% of all vineyards and 86% of regional production. Other white grape varieties, which also perform well there, are Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris. In recent years, the region’s earliest Pinot Noir vines have come of age, and are now producing some first-class wines.

And today, we’re taking a look at the Dog Point Pinot Noir 2015. A bright perfumed, supple expression of Marlborough Pinot Noir from clay hill slopes. The fruit was hand harvested and hand sorted, then fermented in French oak barrels (40% new) for 18 months. On the nose, concentrated aromas of ripe plum, black cherry, liquorice, spice and anise. The palate is bold, with intense red and dark fruit, and nutty oak flavours. The wine has a rich and full palate structure, with fine grained tannins.

Food pairing: Duck and other game birds, red meats, mushroom dishes
Aging ability: 2020-2025
Vivino: 4.0

Amsterdam, February 24th 2020