What’s in the glass tonight July 16th – Pinot Noir

The Admiral PN 2013

The Admiral Reserve Estate Pinot Noir Central Otago 2013

Back to NZ Pinot’s…

Pinot Ruby. 13.2% alc.

A negociant’s wine, this Pinot Noir is produced for Paddy’s Wholesalers who hail from Seaview, an industrial section of Hutt City. Nary a vine in sight in that part of the world. And no vineyard or winemaker identified on the label either – I don’t like that at all. And what is a Reserve Estate? There are several paid-for glowing reviews on the label, mind, so let’s see if it’s any good…

I can’t see much on the nose. It’s quite dumb. There is a bit of light fruit, pepper and herbaceousness if I try hard, but little expression save a bit of green.

On palate it is light and thin and somewhat metallic. It’s not vibrant or fruity, and almost tastes sour. The fulsome reviews do not describe the wine I am drinking here. Perhaps this bottle was poorly stored.

80 points

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6 comments

    • I’d like to be able to tell you, Mark, but Oregon (and USA) wines are very hard to come by in New Zealand, and expensive, so I wouldn’t have a clue how they compare. Given a chance to spend a large sum on a foreign bottle, I’ll usually buy a good Burgundy or Rhone. I would have to say that nevertheless NZ pinots have the edge 🙂

  1. I agree totally with whats being said, we have just opened this bottle and wondered where on the earth we got it from, cant recall going to the cellar door at all, and quite frankly its not at all exciting. Have had much nicer pinot out of the Wairarpa.


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