100% Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand.
From the bottle:
"Partied up or chilled out, the 2009's smooth character accompanies food and get-together's perfectly.
The fruit for this wine is sourced from two of Marlborough's idyllic wine growing locations, the Awatere and Wairau Valleys. We blend grapes from each of these valleys to bring out complimentary aromas and flavours.
Those who like mellow, cherry flavours will enjoy the undertones of berry fruits and appreciate its easygoing nature.
This is our second Pinot Noir from New Zealand after covering the Stoneleigh Pinot Noir earlier in this series. New Zealand is definitely a dynamic and growing area for this grape; in fact, I even saw one statistic recently that had the total acreage of Pinot Noir in New Zealand slightly ahead of the total Pinot Noir acreage in Oregon. Of course the number of acres doesn't necessarily have much to do with the quality of the wine so let's see how this one measures up.
The 2009 Dashwood Marlborough Pinot Noir begins with aromas of bright cherry and raspberry with a few herbal notes and a little spice. The wine tastes of juicy red and black cherry and has a nice layer of spice that carries all the way through to the finish. There's also some juicy fruit on the finish that lasts for quite awhile. This is a really nice, easy sipper and a great wine to pull out at your next party to introduce your friends to New Zealand Pinot Noir.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.8
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