#WOTW: A bright crunchy Pinot from Marlborough
New Zealand is most famous for its in-yer-face Sauvignon Blanc, a style that beautiful Marlborough has made its own. However, I love the region for a different grape, Pinot Noir, which is bright, bouncy and beautiful when it comes from the sun-drenched tip of the South Island.
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 (Great Western Wines £15.95) comes from the Awatere Valley in the south of the region, with a bit of altitude helping to lock in the freshness of this most delicate of grapes. Vibrant black cherry melds into perfumed aromas of violent in this divinely moreish wine, made by one of New Zealand’s up and coming star winemakers, Natalie Christensen.
This is a lovely wine for social sipping, but paired, I would opt for a rich pasta supper, as the wine’s crunchy fruit and acidity will make a great match!