Jancis Robinson, Noir thrillers

2009 Pinot Noir

...the last flight I tasted was very obviously from New Zealand. "Direct, very youthful and urgent. No smudginess. Bright crimson colours and sharp fruit" was my summary. New Zealand has earned itself a fine reputation for the consistency of its Pinot Noir, but I was a little disappointed by this (extensive, 18-strong) flight overall. Bright and breezy, the wines were rarely subtle, even though there were representatives from the Kiwi aristocracy, such as Ata Rangi, Dog Point, Fromm and Felton Road. Prices were fair, though, and alcohol levels not as high as the Amnerican Pinots, even if they were higher on average than our (relatively expensive) Australian Pinots, which , thanks to a few outstanding wines, notched up a higher average score from me than their Kiwi counterparts.

Peter Saunders, Chardonnay 2009

2009 Chardonnay

Lovely clean wine, uncluttered by excess oak and tannin and with a generous serving of chardonnay fruit. Still fresh, yet with spine - a little reminiscent of Chablis in style. The Dog Point pair have grown and made a great many chardonnays in their lives and this reflects that experience. Fine drinking into 2015.