Category Archives: Central Otago

2006 Wild Earth Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand

Tasted at wednesday Tilth blind tasting group, and today there were 9 wines. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black cherry, plum, raspberry, straw, leaves, cinnamon, vanilla, very slight earth, and some oak as well, but very judicious. Pretty complex nose. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, nicely balanced ripe and sour berry flavors, and this brought serious cinnamon flavors, with medium- tannin, medium body, and medium acidity. Moderate finish on this wine, which was one of the first New Zealand Pinot Noirs that hasn’t been on the sour side of the fruit. I will seek more out.

   

2006 Tarras Vineyards Sauvgnon Blanc

The winemaker dropped this by the resaurant, no importer, no distributor, no way of getting it even if I like it. Med+ to high intensity of aroma and reaking of New Zealand Sav Blanc but missing the mouth watering acidity. Grapefruit and gooseberry, lime zest, starfruit, really grassy dill,
a touch of cat pee, little bit of minerality, but its mainly the fruit and grass. Pretty elegant for a New Zealand Sav Blanc.