2016 Sacred Hill, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

2016 will probably be most remembered for the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura Earthquake that hit the region in November of that year. Luckily (or not) the wines were already in barrel, although 20% of the regions’ tanks were damaged. Despite a shaky start to life this Pinot Noir shows a lovely dark fruit profile with black cherry, raspberry jam, thyme and some earthiness. The palate is medium bodied with refined toasty oak and a broody somewhat savoury finish. Pair with good prosciutto and aged cheddar cheese. Drink now to 2025.

4 out of 5

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