I admit it. I’ve often typecast New Zealand as offering only sauvignon blanc when it comes to wine. But there’s no basis for that, other than the fact that they produce some excellent sauvignon blanc and that just happens to be what I think of when I think about New Zealand. Plenty of other good wines are produced there too, such as pinot noir.
This Mud House pinot noir comes from the Central Otago region of New Zealand — a region where pinot noir is the most planted vine. It is one of the southern-most wine growing regions within New Zealand and they’ve been producing pinot noir there since the 19th century.
Cherry, raspberry, toasted oak and a touch of nutmeg make up the aromatics on this wine. The palate brings well-balanced raspberry, cherry and spice flavors with a nice, silky mouthfeel. The acidity is spot on. This is a lively pinot noir with fresh fruit flavors and good vibrancy. Simply put, it’s delicious!
The producers suggest it will age well for five to six years, but in my opinion it’s fantastic to drink right now.
Wine: Mud House, Central Otago Pinot Noir
Varieties: Pinot Noir
Average price: $19.99
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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