Sam Neill Strike's Vinous Gold

2008 was a challenging vintage in most regions of New Zealand and yet I have found many of the pinot noirs much to my taste with a certain restrained, tangy and savoury, cooler thread to the wines; to a finer point somewhat subdued from the opulent, succulent style that the consumer has come to expect of New Zealand Pinot Noir. This attractively approachable style of pinot noir often misconstrues the potential of the wine to age and I sense there is a degree of lack of appreciation that certain New Zealand pinot noirs are at their best with 6 to 10 years plus bottle age.

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