Okahu Chambourcin 2003

87 points

Northland, New Zealand. 14%

Chambourcin is a French hybrid, one of the more successful ones. It’s usually only used for blending, particularly useful to add colour.

In this case the colour is very good, dark and bright with purple hints. I expected a light red but this has plenty of stuffing, it’s comparable to an Otago Pinot Noir. Bright acids, clean cherry plum sort of wine with restrained oak.

I suspect the grape variety handles humidity well, hence its attraction to Northland wineries.

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