I don’t remember when I had New Zealand’s red for the last time therefore I was very excited while opening this bottle. Drumsara Pinot Noir 2012 comes from Alexandra Basin in Central Otago in New Zealand, which is the world’s southern- most wine-growing region.
Drumsara Pinot Noir 2012 is a dark red coloured with some old-brick hues. The bouquet is medium intense, sophisticated and developed. There were many beautiful fruit aromas over the glass: black cherry, blueberry, black currant, cranberry and a hint of liquorice. Apart from that you will find some mint, violets, stewed plums and gamey notes.
In the mouth Drumsara Pinot Noir 2012 is dry, full / medium-full with warm alcohol strength. The wine is a bit inharmonious (because of the alcohol) with soft, rounded tannins. On the palate there is a nice taste of dark cherries, blackberries and black currant with some notes of truffles and cinnamon with a hint of mint leaves.
It’s an interesting wine and worthwhile trying but 35-40 Euro is too much for the wine that lacks balance – there is a bit too much alcohol and because of that it is difficult to focus on subtle fruit flavours or nice smooth tannins. BUT while tasting you need to remember it is not a Burgundy wine ;) this is what I forgot about ;)
Drumsara Pinot Noir 2012 Central Otago – wine review:
Wine – Drumsara Pinot Noir
Country – New Zealand
Region – Central Otago
Appellation – Central Otago
Vintage – 2012 Grape varieties – Pinot Noir
Producer – Ventifacts Black
Vinemaker – Anthony Worch, Marion Vialade
Soils – gravel & minerals
Style and type – still; dry, red
Alcohol – 14%
Serving temperature – 18°C
Cellaring – no, to drink during next few months
Price range – 35-40 Euro
Others – handcrafted; Single Vineyard Premium Selection
Tasting date – Feb 2015