What’s in the glass tonight June 14th

Forrest 100 Virgins Pinot Noit 2009

Forrest Estate 100 Virgins Pinot Noir 2009

Elwood Blues once said, “Whaddaya get for nuttin? A rubber biscuit? You throw it against the wall, it bounce back into your mouth. If it don’t bounce back, you go hungry.”

I’ll be the first to admit that this is not likely to be one of NZ’s great pinots.

It was a freebie, given out to all entrants of the annual 101km Forrest Estate Graperide cycle fun ride who had completed the previous year’s event. As legend sez, 100 grape-pressing virgins foot-press a vat of grapes after the ride; the juice is then bulked out, vinted,  and bottled as 100 Virgins, and then handed out the following year.

This is version 2010. I would have normally necked my bottle the moment I got back to the motel, but for some daft reason I held on to this one, and others since. Cycling mates have told me this wine is not great, but I thought a little age might bring out whatever goodness resides within…

Hmm, pinot noir ruby…some light florality, with raspberries and blossom. Very light in the mouth though, short on fruit concentration, thin and austere, some overcropping perhaps. Fills a gap, but not much gladness here. Disappointing. 2.

It’s not all bad tho. The first year I did the Graperide, 2010, I needed a wine for the potluck meal at the motel that first night. I bought a 2005 Cornerstone Cab Merlot from the vineyard. It was a revelation, and I have been following the Wine Star ever since…

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