What’s in the glass tonight August 27th – Pinot Noir

Saddleback PN 2011

From the Cellar: Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir Central Otago 2011 – $

Bright pinot ruby. 13.5% alc. The second wine of Peregrine Wines.

Moderate intensity, a floral bouquet. Soft, with spice, pepper, and some savoury and herbal characteristics. This wine really needed decanting. Splashing helped, but it looked much better the next day.

To drink, the wine showed ripe red fruits, direct and simple. There was balance in the acids, and silky tannins. Good concentration. A long finish.

As I wrote earlier, this wine showed far more attractive on the second night. The age would have helped – it was softer, and the flavours and aromas emerged with more varietal intensity. The first night it had looked like the kind of red cordial that I hate so much about second-label Pinot Noirs. I know it isn’t something that noted producers want to achieve, but I see it all the time – a lack of finesse, grace and complexity straight out of the glass.

Second labels are bought for immediate drinking, not overnight decanting.

88 points

What’s in the glass tonight Oct 21st

Saddleback Pinot Noir 2011

Peregrine Saddleback Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011 – $$

This wine’s been winning a few friends lately. I have a bottle in the Pool Room, but I thought I’d get in early and see what the fuss is about.

First impressions, it’s pretty good. Lighter that the Peregrine big sister, but also half the price. Deep bright magenta. 13.5%.

Light floral top note, some foxglove. Definite mushroom/forest floor bottom note, and slightly herby. Nice one. I could sniff it all night.

In the mouth there are red fruits, sweetness, fine tannins, balanced with body and depth. Lovely weight in the mouth for a sub-$25 pinot. Bit o’length as well.

Like any lighter pinot it doesn’t like being left alone in the glass for too long, and will develop that metallic tang thing. Just as well I’m thirsty. Solves that problem. It will improve in bottle two years I think.

Alas I am ruined for this level of pinot noir, it makes me want to drink the real thing… 3.75

Straight to the Pool Room – Sept 2013

Pool Room Sept 2013

This month’s candidates for the Big Sleep:

Craggy Range SV Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2010 – $$$ – drink 2015-2022. Recommended for cellaring by Geoff Kelly.

Saddleback Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011 – $$ – drink 2015. Gold medal – NW Under $25 Wine Awards. Second label of Peregrine Wines.

Spy Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2012 – $$ – drink 2016. Champion White Wine – NW Under $25 Wine Awards. House wine for the GCSB.