Pinot Noir Reserve Series 2012, Vidal

Pinot Noir Reserve Series 2012, Vidal

New Zealand is perfect for Pinot Noir - all that sea and cool breezes mean that NZ Pinots are really gaining a bit of a name for themselves. This wine, we believe, is outstanding.
Beautifully fragrant red berry and floral aromas combine with flavours of cherry, spice and earthy undertones on a silky, finely textured palate. Enjoyable in its youth and will continue to gain complexity with time.
New Zealand
North Island (NZ)
Hawke's Bay
Pinot Noir
Drink now + 3 years

North Island (NZ) region of New Zealand

New Zealand’s North Island is warmer than its southern counterpart, and is especially famous for volcanic springs.

Martinborough lies on the southerly tip of the island and is the hub of Pinot Noir production, where mountains to the west of the region shelter the region from any significant rain and moisture. The region gained a serious winemaking foothold in the early 1980s.

Moving north, on the island’s east coast is Hawkes’ Bay, New Zealand’s prime location for reds other than Pinot Noir, and so many a good Syrah and Bordeaux blend of Cabernet and Merlot can be found on this sheltered spot which arcs around the cities of Napier and Hastings.

The furthest east region is Gisborne. This is not so widely known, even if it has one of the largest areas under vine in the country. It’s wet and warm here and hangs its hat on white grapes, mostly Chardonnay, Semillon and sometimes Chenin Blanc too.

The largest region of the north island in land mass is Waikato and Bay of Plenty, these are not as well known for the reason that grape production here is more tricky thanks to its wetter climate.

Finally, the northernmost region, Auckland, is the commercial hub of some larger wineries due to the city but in vine growing it is less unsuccessful than other NZ regions, mostly due to its high rainfall.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir has been planted in Burgundy since the 14th Century (with evidence suggesting it has been planted here since the 4th Century!). Following Burgundy would be Champagne as Pinot Noir’s 2nd home, and of course this grape is often used in Champagne. Unfortunately due to its thin grape skin Pinot Noir is difficult to grow and cultivate, hence it has taken a while for it establish itself outside France. Regions where it has been successful and where premium Pinot Noir are now being produced are California, New Zealand and Australia.

Pinot Noir has great affinity with Oak and young wines typically display a fruit perfume of raspberries, strawberries and red cherries. Due to the thin grape skin Pinot Noir usually has soft, light tannins and is seldom deep in colour. Pinot Noirs tend to age unpredictably, leading some to claim that they are at their best for a short period of time. But as many Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed in more than one style this is rather a limited point of view.

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Salads & Vegetables
This style of wine goes best with grilled and roasted vegetables and charcuterie i.e. salami, prosciutto and smoked meats. It is also a great companion to olives. 
Fish & Seafood
A nice piece of cod, seared salmon, sea trout or tuna works well with this wine. You could even mix some pancetta in with the cod to add depth of flavour.
Pasta & Other Sauces 
Perfectly matched to tomato-based dishes such as lasagne or pasta with arrabbiata or napoletana sauce.
Pair this wine with light pork dishes, roast chicken, turkey or salami to complement the characteristics of this wine.
Herbs & Spices 
Create dishes using basil, coriander, garlic and nutmeg to set this wine off well.
Spicy Foods 
Spicy Italian sauces and Spanish chorizo dishes work well with this wine.
Team this wine with Cheddar, dolcelatte, mozzerella, Parmesan and Port-Salut. 
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