Regional Character in New Zealand Pinot Noir
by MaryAnn Worobiec
In the October issue of Wine Spectator MaryAnn Worobiec examines regional nuances in New Zealand Pinot Noir and notes Greywacke as the benchmark Marlborough producer:
New Zealand’s worldwide success in wine has been due primarily to its lively Sauvignon Blancs. The country’s Pinot Noir producers hope to earn the same acceptance, but they know the path to great Pinot is an arduous one.
The distinctive style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is based more on varietal character than on vineyard origin; as a group, the wines offer expressive fruit flavors backed by tangy acidity, accessible and refreshing. But those who love Pinot Noir look for something more in their wineglass – a reflection of place, a compelling character based on terroir.
New Zealand is ready to deliver. In general its Pinot Noirs show a hallmark freshness and intensity of fruit notes that both testifies to their kinship with the country’s Sauvignon Blancs and adds further dimension to the global Pinot Noir landscape.