(2020) Central Otago has emerged as New Zealand's premier Pinot Noir region, with high quality producers and suitably premium pricing. Having toured there just before lockdown I still can't give clues to the actual producer of this wine (Outlook Bay is a Lidl brand, not a specific producer) but at £9.99 it's as cheap as Otago Pinot gets. Nicely pale and transluscent in colour, there's a huge perfume of truffle and beetroot, all those vegetal Pinot aromatics, smokiness and a hint of something floral or like wild herbs. In the mouth sweet and juicy fruit, with a nicely rustic nip of tannin and plenty of spiciness, sweet mid-palate fruit giving way to a peppery, spicy clove finish. The 14.5% alcohol adds a touch of heat, but it's a nice and authentic Otago Pinot.
(2020) Pale and attractive, red berries and a touch of candy apple, quite fragrant with rose petal notes and red fruits. Fragrant Sandalwood spices too; quality oak. Packed with sweet, fleshy ripe fruit, what a lovely wine with smooth and ripe character and perfect creamy texture. Balanced and fine.
(2020) From Wanaka, this has a pale but quite dense colour. There’s a definite herbal edge to this, quite meaty and earthy, the fruit more in the background. Lovely palate, the balance shows through, with fine, dry cranberry and red currant fruit, lovely elegant tannins and a freshening acidity. Beautifully done. Various stockists have this, mostly in-bond.
(2020) The super heavy bottle certainly stands out. From Pisa, a nice pale colour, dry attractive nose where cocoa melds with a fine ashy mineral quality, refined and racy red fruits. A few years in the bottle for this compared to most here, and that certainly adds to the sense of completeness and lovely harmony, a wine with great balance and a long, pure finish. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) A very pale, inviting colour, fine and aromatic, some floral character to the ripe but subtle red fruits, hints of fudge and chocolate way in the background. The palate has juiciness to spare: a cherry ripe but tart fruit that is balanced and attractive, a nice dry, cherry pit acidity and smooth tannins complete and fine picture. From Bannockburn. No UK distribution at time of review.
(2020) Lovely pale colour, and an attractive, quite mineral nose, nutty, stony and truffle, then a more exotic spiciiness comes through, toffee apple and red fruit. In the mouth it is warming, tobacco-rich and very nicely fruited, the ripe cherry and raspberry supported by the creaminess and smoothness of the suede-like tannins. Stylish.
(2020) Lovely pale colour. Gentle earth, mushroom and spice and savoury umami character. A little bit of roasted/chestnut character. The palate has fine, dry cranberry fruit, but the savoury character continues, nice length and a subtle, understated style. Gibbston fruit.
(2020) From Bannockburn. Very aromatic, very fine, floral and perfumed, instantly appealing. On the palate plenty of savoury umami, some vanilla to add a roundness and the savoury fruit character delightful. Balanced and long, a subtle European style, and a very nice wine. Price and stockist for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Youthful colour, nicely aromatic, a little briar and woodsmoke, a hint of truffle, and a hint of minerality too. Balanced and pure, there’s a little endive/liquorice note that adds a nicely bitter counterpoint to the sweet fruit, the tannins and acids balanced into a spicy fruit finish. Price and stockist for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) One of the palest wines here. From Pisa, it has an absolutely charming nose, filigree, translucent aromas, red berries and subtle spices, hints of briar and undergrowth. In the mouth a little vegetal note is actually very nice within the framework, such lovely fruit and nicely judged acidity and tannins. Some might think it lacks a little intensity, but it is so charming. No UK stockists listed at time of review.