New Zealand’s Marlborough is renowned for Sauvignon but it's also a top destination for fine Pinot Noir. The dry, warm conditions of 2019 made it a top year for this grape too. Intense core of ripe berry fruit with spice from 10 months ageing in oak.
These days Pinot Noir lovers are spoilt for choice between the classics of Burgundy and a raft of fabulous New World challengers – none finer, in our view, than New Zealand’s. The Kiwi wine success story is one of the most remarkable in modern times, and one in which Hunter’s has played a major part. Today the estate is run by Jane Hunter, a viticulturist with a string of accolades for her work, including a ‘UK Women in Wine Award’, an OBE and, most recently, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to viticulture. This is beautifully crafted Marlborough Pinot Noir, aged in part new barrels for 10 months to lend layers of complexity to the fruit. Savour it with coq au vin and other white meat dishes or even with meaty fish.
"This excellent Pinot Noir 2019, one of the best [years] for Marlborough Pinot in the past five years"
Joelle Thomson NZ wine critic