REVIEW: Mohua Pinot Noir 2008

February 14th, 2010 by Jeff

Price:  ~$21

Region:

Central Otago, New Zealand

Nose:

Damson plums and chocolate covered cherries over cinnamon and sage.

Palate:

Medium Bodied.  Bright, juicy acidity and round, juicy tannin. (Notice the related theme to our latest show?)  Distinct coffee notes underneath the ripe berry fruit.  Moderately long finish but really no waves of flavor here.

Synopsis:

In the grand scheme of the wine world Pinot Noir and New Zealand are very recent acquaintances.  Not until the last 10 years did New Zealand grape growers decide that Pinot Noir would work really well there.  I feel that the jury is still out.  Is this a solid, well made Pinot?  Yes.  Would I regularly pay $20+ for it?   Hell no.

But, as I said, the jury is still out in my opinion.   These vines are still very young and not producing world class fruit yet.  I don’t think we will truly understand the potential of NZ Pinot Noir for at least another 5-10 years.  Keep your palates primed.

The Som Rating: 7/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

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