Pinot Noir 2019 – Black Market Deal #2405
- Textured, savoury
There’s no doubt about it, this is some of the most seriously complex pinot that comes out of Martinborough. And that says a lot, as the region is quickly becoming a rival (and some would say surpassing) to Central Otago for quality pinot out of New Zealand. It’s so immensely aromatic - fennel, anise, cinnamon, orange peel, raspberry, etc. - and continues with this profile on the palate, one that is full of texture, fine tannin, silkiness and minerality.
Attention to detail is the key here, with a blend of five pinot clones, all hand-picked from vines over 20 years of age. Wild yeast is utilised for fermentation with each clone going through the transformation in isolation. Once blended, the wine sees a year in French oak, building character and tension. You might think you’d have to visit Burgundy to taste a wine of this complexity, but skip the jet lag and enjoy something special and memorable at home.
What is a Black Market deal?
Black Market deals are only made possible if we don’t reveal the maker’s brand on site. The wines are the genuine article – absolutely no cleanskins or fake brands, just dangerously good value. You won’t find out what it is until it hits your doorstep, but you won’t regret it. Just keep it on the down low.
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Anyone who's ever tried Martinborough pinot noir will shout its praises from the rooftop... at least, anyone who's not a Marlborough diehard. There seems to be a nice rivalry in the pinot stakes between the two regions, with Martinborough producing more structural (some would say "Burgundian") styles, as opposed to Marlborough's fruity flavour fests. If you see one, nab it. Also keep an eye out for the aromatic whites.