Winsor Dobbin, Winsor's Choice


This is a multiple award winner from a Marlborough, New Zealand, winery owned by former Cloudy Bay grape growers and winemakers who favour organic farming methods. It is a delightfully complex and interesting pinot noir with violets and savoury notes on the nose leading on to a palate on which bright red fruit takes the lead with well-integrated French oak and soft tannin structure. A serious wine of immediate drinkability that would be great matched with game meats or mushroom dishes.

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Raymond Chan, 18.5/20


Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim. The nose is full and voluminous with full, evenly presented aromas of white stonefruits seamlessly melded with flinty lees and reductive complexities. Subtle herb and green stonefruit elements unfold in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, tightly bound flavours of white stonefruits, herbs, minerals and flinty lees form a strong core. The flavours open up, softly filling the palate. The mouthfeel is very fine, with a chalky texture and soft acidity, and is thirst-quenchingly dry. This flows smoothly with good drive and energy, carrying through to a long, lingering flinty, lees-influenced finish. This is an elegant but mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc with complex stonefruit and flinty mineral and lees flavours. Match with herb-marinated seafood, poultry and veal dishes over the next 2-3+ years.