From the Cellar: Escarpment Pahi SV Pinot Noir Martinborough 2010 – $$$
G came around tonight for dinner with L and I. As promised, I cracked a bottle of Pinot Noir from the cellar to match the bottle he bought for our wedding last year. It was, alas, not up to the occasion…
…Vegetal, stalky, angular & thin. A true cool climate example, but showed light fruit, less than ripe, certainly not luscious, and showed green. A MAJOR disappointment. I do recall, at the 2012 tasting from which I bought this wine, that I was charmed by the floral femininity of the wine, but that I was the only one in the room thus charmed…therefore; lesson: note the ‘ wisdom of crowds’ in future…
Te Mata Woodthorpe Vineyard Syrah Viognier Hawkes Bay 2003
G supplied two bottles for dinner, ex an auction he had recently bought at. What a treat!
This wine was savoury and spicy, with white pepper notes, sweet ripe fruit, balanced tannins and fruit. Yum. A total delight!
Te Mata Woodthorpe Vineyard Merlot / Cabernet Hawkes Bay 2006
An upfront nose of vanilla and baking spice. Balanced fruit, structured tannins, licorice and cocoa. Dense and flavoursome.