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.
St-Veran, Burgundy, France. 13%
Surprisingly oaky (limey oak) and young. Very nice with oysters. Recommended. Drink over the next 5 years.
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.
Bannockburn, Otago, NZ. 13%
Nicely aged, but not thrilling. Do Kiwi Pinots age into something exciting? I don’t yet know.