New Zealand’s Marlborough region has SO much more going for it than just Sauvignon Blanc, it has the potential for elegant and charming Pinot Noir too. The Ara Single Vineyard Pinot Noir is made from grapes sourced from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. Fresh raspberry, black cherry and dried herb notes are supported by the richness of some finely honed vanilla oak. Ten months in mostly old oak has given this pinot some polish and extended the finish. As it moves through the mouth, it takes a more earthy and herbal tone.
To get the best out of this wine, it needs to open up so either decant it or leave the bottle open for an hour before serving. Give it this time and it will become a richly perfumed crowd pleaser for a good price. While it does not require food at all, fragrant Pinots such as this are as good a foil for spiced Asian dishes as they are for the classic match of roast duck with cherry sauce.
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Main Grape: Pinot Noir
Style: Dry red
VinousWomen member reaction: LOVE IT!
Date tasted: November 2017
Food required: no
Where purchased: Waitrose £12