What’s in the glass October 26th

Peregrine PN 2009

From the Cellar: Peregrine Pinot Noir Central Otago 2009 – $$$

This was top wine at the 2010 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, so I bought a bottle back then. Thinking on Geoff Kelly’s words recently I have to say I had better institute buying a minimum of two bottles per wine, so I can have a chance at tracking their evolution (if only in a small way). My limited budget will always be a handbrake on buying wines by the half or case lot…

So to this singularity: the wine is tending tawny in the glass, deep blush colour, leggy. 14%.

Pleasing bouquet – thyme, dark roses, black plums, cherries, vanilla, spice, oak.

Strong dark plums in the mouth, bright acidity, balanced with tannins at the fore. The wine is lean, taut, spicy on the back palate. Mouthwatering, even.

Really interesting that I can see the wild thyme notes that some say characterise Central Otago pinots. Interesting also that I served the wine at first a bit cold from the cellar. It really improved with walking up closer to room temp.

I really wish I had a second bottle! Oh well… 4+

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