Martinborough, New Zealand, $148, stelvin seal
We're in the process of moving house and it's not really fun. Our new place is in a village "just opposite" - too close to drive and just a tad further than you'd like to walk in the rain while trying to carry a mattress. We're exhausted and surrounded by piles of dusty junk that I'm amazed we've managed to accumulate in just two years. It's time to see if a little glass of Pinot before bed can help lighten the load. Pencarrow is the second label of Martinborough's Palliser Estate, but it's also the name of an English stately home where my Aunt once worked.
It's relatively dark in colour. The nose has warm and spicy about aromas of preserved cherries, cinnamon, Asian spice and a slight tartness. It's an interesting smelling wine and seems to have a touch of vanilla oakiness about it. The palate is initially sweet with flavours of strawberry jam and tomato, but there's a little earthiness as well that becomes particularly evident on the finish. Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2006 is rustic and surprisingly robust. It's big for a New Zealand Pinot, but one I quite enjoyed.
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