Just one bottle for the long goodbye this month. I put my money instead into rebuilding my road bike in time for the Taranaki race on the 30th.
But it’s a good one – a great value fine Central Otago Pinot Noir recommended in the December 2015 issue of Decanter..
Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 – $$ – Drink 2017-2026.
Cameron Douglas sez: Rating: 18.25/20pts Dark cherry, plum and dried raspberry, full of energy and tension, with oak spices. Dry, generous and fruity, fine silky tannins  tense and flavourful.
Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2013
L’s good friends J and B came over for dinner. They love their Pinot Noir, and have great taste. They know I do too! This wine they brought to share with us while we enjoyed some great scotch fillet steaks together.
Out of Wanaka, Central Otago. Dark carmine. 14% alc. The wine had a lovely savoury nose. Dark cherries and plums. Dried herbs. Not too big, but a bit going on here nonetheless.
In the mouth there were velvety tannins, lots of fruit, and no metallic notes or bitter finish which can point to under-extraction and high cropping rates. A bit brambly too.