Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Taste guide: Medium- light bodied, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours, spice notes, lightly oaked
75cl - 13% - screwcap
A commercial but nevertheless very good New Zealand Pinot Noir, produced from grapes grown in a selection of vineyards in the renowned Marlborough district of the South Island.
There is a marked difference between Pinot Noir wines produced in the various regions of New Zealand, with those from Marlborough (like this example) being softer and lighter than say those from Otago and Wairarapa - and considerably less expensive!
The grapes were selected from vineyards across some of Marlborough's better sub-regions and fermented in stainless steel to retain the fruity freshness, with some light oaking prior to final blending and bottling.
The colour is light cherry red and the nose is full of ripe red fruit - cherry and raspberry. The palate continues with these fruit flavours, with notes of spice and subtle vanilla tones from the light oaking.
This wine is named after Lake Matheson where its clear mirror-like waters perfectly reflect the imposing icy peaks of Mount Tasman. However, when we visited there in in 2007 it was cloudy and the surface water was rippling, so that magic image eluded us!
This wine partially makes up for that disappointment!
Sells for up to £10.95 at other internet retailers; Binendwines' price is now just £6.50.