Desert Heart Pinot Noir 2006

86 points

Bannockburn, Otago, NZ. 13.5%

Nice sappy varietal Pinot. Otago really does fruit.

A little thin with alcohol flavours a bit too prominent. Drink now.

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Thornberry Merlot 2007

82 (+?) points

Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. 14%

Dark, dense merlot plum nose.  Palate is very ripe, but short, with hard acid (surely added acid) finish.  This has had some rave reviews, and the price is very low, but I was disappointed – no charm, too extracted.  I have 11 more bottles so we shall see as it gains a little age, perhaps I am wrong.