2016 Rua Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand

Although producing only 2% of the nation’s wine volume the Central Otago is extremely important in terms of high quality (and priced) Pinot Noir. This southerly (South Island), continental climate has very short hot summers, and long cold winters. [In many ways very similar to Canada’s own Okanagan Valley]. This wine shows quite deep colour for the variety, with aromas of cocoa, blackberries, oak spice, and plums. The palate is medium to full bodied with a characteristic viscosity and fine tannin profile consistent with the best Central Otago sub-regions such as Bannockburn. Pair with smoked baby back ribs. Drink now to 2026.

4.5 out of 5

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