Dashwood Pinot Noir

new zealand wine  %tages Dashwood Pinot NoirI have to declare that while I’ve tasted a lot of pinot noir, I haven’t tasted much from New Zealand.  It’s not that I have anything against the province, I just haven’t come across a lot of NZ pinot noir at tastings I’ve attended.  And it’s unfortunate that I haven’t had much, as New Zealand is known to make some intriguing wines from this grape.
There are numerous variations in climate and soils throughout New Zealand, which result in varying characteristics in the pinot noir produced there.  Some of the most highly acclaimed come from the Martinborough province, where loam over gravel soils produce pinot noir with concentrated plum flavors.
But this Dashwood pinot noir comes from the Marlborough province, known for producing fruit-filled pinot noir with loads of cherry and plum flavors.  The cool conditions in this area are perfect for pinot noir.

This is a nice, set alight colored pinot noir with intense aromatics.  It’s a small bit http://1000-facts-about-wine.com spicy on the nose with plenty of cherry and raspberry aromas complementing that spice.  There’s a hint of grilled meat and leather on the nose too.  Soft cherry flavors make up the bulk of the palate, and while it’s relatively simple it’s also very enjoyable.  There is a spice note that hits the mid palate and adds some interest.  The acidity is nearly perfect.  The end brings a cranberry flavor, which dissapates quickly building for a relatively small end. Nonetheless, I’m not disappointed in this wine.  For the fee, this is a very nice—and recommended—pinot noir.
Wine: Dashwood
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 13%
Rating: 86
Fee: $13.99

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