Durvillea Pinot Noir 2009 (Marlborough, NZ)
14%, Screwcap, $20ish (possible less)
This was the third wine I opened up tonight, brought out largely as I was feeling a little negative after the dual Chardonnay disappointment. Interestingly it was probably the simplest wine of the lot, but also the most approachable (a character that both of the aforementioned Chardonnays purported to be, but neither hit the mark) and Pinotish, which is what you want a $20 Pinot to be. Felt much more positive about this one.
The secret here is all about fruit. Bright red fruit, cast sweet and slightly stewed on the nose, all red cherries and raspberries in a lifted, warm ferment style. Palate too is generous, juicy and quite varietal with plush red fruit and light tannins. Acidity is a little spiky on the back, and it’s a tad sweet, but the fruit is all go. Attractive, simple Pinot fun at the right price. 16.8/89