Oh hey look, Kyle is reviewing a New Zealand Pinot Noir. Those aren't going to come up often. In the Two Paddocks review I already said that the NZ Pinot's were my varietal of choice and this page could get boring very quickly if I stick to what I know and love, so I'll try to keep it to lesser known brands than Oyster Bay and Villa Maria.
So I've had a few Pinot Noirs by Marisco Vineyards, and it's amazing the variety of flavours they have. For instance The King's Wrath I find to be very porty and I don't think that it is something that you could sip on all night, nice with something like a venison and chocolate hotpot but then move on to something a bit easier drinking. Their The Ned Pinot Noir I'm sorry to say I just don't like, there's an overly strong flavour (possibly of oak) in it that I simply do not enjoy (conversely their The Ned Pinot Grigio is a beautiful wine that I fully intend to review at some point).
The Curious Kiwi Nelson Pinot Noir is another completely different wine, a red fruits nose rubbing against the border of porty but not crossing over and the cherry flavours are more prominent on the tongue.
It's a well balanced wine with that trademark Pinot Noir darkness, and swirling it creates plenty of teardrops on the glass so you know the quality is there.
I was enjoying it as a companion to a BBQ chicken pizza, and they worked well together, I do recommend a bit of personal experimentation to find your own good mix.
There, that was relatively painless. It's a nice wine, a good mid-range, though I would say that getting up to £12.99 in the off sales I think it is starting to reach the limit of what it's price should be.
Country of Origin & Region
New Zealand, Marlborough
Marisco Vineyards Limited
Available for sale