Yesterday I posted a review of a bargain-priced pinot noir that was pretty good for the price. It wasn’t a wine that would totally knock your socks off, but it was good and a great value for a pinot noir. This wine from Brancott Estate is a similar story.
This wine comes from Marlborough, New Zealand where Brancott has been producing wine since the mid 1970’s. Brancott is best known for their sauvignon blanc, which is quite tasty. But their pinot noir is not bad.
The nose on this wine has quite a bit of intensity — I didn’t even need to bring the glass to my nose before I was smelling it. It’s a spicy nose too, with nutmeg, allspice and cedar making a bold appearance. There are good fruit aromatics dancing in there too, such as plum, cherry and blackberry. The palate is bright and fruity, although has a bit of a pucker. It offers tart cherry and strawberry flavors with a touch of spice. The finish is fairly long, but has a bit of bitterness to it. Overall it’s a good pinot noir, particularly on the nose. And it’s a great value.
Wine: Brancott Estate Pinot Noir
Variety: Pinot noir
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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