New Zealand Pinot Noir
2011 Peregrine Pinot Noir Central Otago
I first tasted this Pinot back in 2009 on a trip to the South Island of super-scenic New Zealand. It was a memorable experience for three reasons.
The winery is uniquely gorgeous. It is set against a backdrop of mountains and looks like the wing of an eagle as it soars high above, catching air currents. Secondly, the tasting room and cellar are as beautiful as the structure, which won awards for its contemporary design. Lastly, the wine was smooth, delicious and exactly what I had hoped for in a New Zealand Pinot Noir.
This Pinot Noir has a great floral nose that is followed with flavors of black cherry, thyme, dried flowers, wild raspberries and cranberries. It’s a medium-boded wine with an intermediate finish. The wine comes in at 13.5% ABV. Aging occurs in French oak for 10 months, then is laid down for another three to five years.
Peregrine selects grapes from the Central Otago sub-regions Bendigo (47%), Pisa (36% ) and Gibbston (17%). All fruit is 100% hand harvested.