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New Zealand Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the second-most-planted grape variety in New Zealand. The cool New Zealand climate and intense UV ray exposure (due to the hole in the ozone layer in that region) result in complex, fruit-driven wines with silky texture and tannins.

We stock some excellent New Zealand Pinot Noir. Read further to learn more about their origins and profiles.

Martinborough
Martinborough is a small town in the South Wairarapa District, an hour’s drive north of Wellington. Soil conditions in Wairarapa closely resemble those of Burgundy. Wines are complex and earthy with dark plummy and savoury aromas and are rich in structure.

We recommend Te Hera’s Pinot Noir if you would like to sample wines from this region.

Central Otago
New Zealand’s southernmost wine region has vineyards carved into hills, next to gorges and on slopes surrounded by mountain peaks. A short growing season with hot days and cool nights ensures fruit-driven wines with cherry and plum flavours.

Our recommendations for Central Otago wines are by Remarkable and Bannock Brae.

Marlborough
Best known as New Zealand’s biggest producer of incredible Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough produces some very good quality Pinot Noir as a result of the hillsides and cool southern valleys.

Fresh with bright red fruit flavours, we would recommend wines by Bladen and The Crossings.

To see which amazing New Zealand Pinot Noir wines Hard to Find Wines has available, read on!


Te Hera

Te Hera is one of a small number of wineries around Martinborough and produces, in our opinion, the best Pinot Noir in the area.

Te Hera Kiritea Pinot Noir 2012

A bottle of Te Hera Kiritea Pinot Noir 2012

Redcurrant with a hint of strawberries and eucalyptus on the nose. Smooth with vibrant fruit on the palate, layers of dark cherry and tobacco. Fine and elegant with just enough acidity and tannins to provide balance.
Was £16.99
Now £11.89

Te Hera Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

A bottle of Te Hera Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

A refined ruby colour, gentle warmth on the nose coupled with blackcurrants and brambles. Cherries and plums initially on the palate opening to sweeter redcurrant fruit. Drinking now but will improve over the next ten years.
£23.99


Remarkable Wines

Remarkable Wines produces strikingly fragrant, fruit-driven Pinot Noir from organic vineyards located at Bannockburn and the Gibbston Valley.

Remarkable Gibbston Pinot Noir 2007

A bottle of Remarkable Gibbston Pinot Noir

Damson, plum and cherry on the nose, with some herbal notes. The palate is ripe but fresh with cherry and plum fruits, meaty spicy notes and good acidity.
£32.00

Remarkable Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2008

A bottle of Remarkable Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Aroma of black currants and cherries with dark berry fruit flavours overlaid with mild oak and soft tannin. Matured for 12 months in French oak barrels.
£21.99


Bannock Brae

Catherine and Crawford Brown, owners of Bannock Brae, pursue the highest quality wines and over just ten vintages have become New Zealand’s most-awarded Pinot Noir producing vineyard.

Bannock Brae Estate Goldfields Pinot Noir 2008

A bottle of Bannock Brae Goldfields

A rich plummy red. Flavours of plums, cherries, and berries, with a background of liquorice, mushrooms and spice. Silky, velvety tannins round this wine off nicely.
£30.00

Bannock Brae Estate Barrell Selection Pinot Noir 2008

A bottle of Bannock Brae Barrel Select

A rich plummy red, with flavours similar to that of the Goldfields: plums, cherries, berries, liquorice, mushrooms and spice. Colour and palate are slightly more intense than its brother.
£32.00


Bladen Wines

Dave and Christine Macdonald, owners of Bladen Vineyard, are well-known for their friendly cellar door welcome. Their focus on handcrafting ensures consistent, excellent quality.

Bladen Pinot Rose 2017

Bladen Rose 2017

Salmon-blush with a pink hue. Lifted red fresh fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry on the nose with fresh herbs adding to the complexity. Juicy watermelon and fresh summer fruits on the palate, with a hint of creaming soda.
£13.99

Bladen Pinot Noir 2015

A bottle of Bladen Pinot Noir

Deep-ruby colour. Red cherries and plum, a delicate aniseed and cinnamon note on the nose. Medium-bodied with red fruit flavours, spicy oak and savoury complexity. Gentle tannins and lingering acidity give velvet-like texture and a fine finish.
£19.99


The Crossings

Located in the Awatere Valley, the vineyard has been part of the Yealands Family wine group since 2011 and is part of the New Zealand sustainable wine-growing programme.

The Crossings Pinot Noir Awatere Valley 2013

A bottle of The Crossings Pinot Noir 2013

Balanced Pinot from Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. Light in style with fragrant red fruit.
£16.99

The Crossings Pinot Noir Awatere Valley 2014

A bottle of The Crossings Pinot Noir 2014

A mid-weight Pinot Noir. Succulent red fruits and supple tannin structure. Ready to be enjoyed.
£14.99


 

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