Brancott Estate Letter Series T Pinot Noir 2012 (Marlborough, NZ)
13.5%, Screwcap, $27.99
I tasted this in a large lineup of blind Pinots for a National Liquor News magazine tasting panel about a month ago and completely forgot about it. Whaddya know and the magazine came out today quoting me saying something very similar to the tasting note below (which I wrote over the weekend). Hopefully that excuses me for calling a 5th growth Bordeaux a Cotes du Rhone the other week…
A bright, raspberry fruited wine that is lifted, juicy and pretty – easy to like. The vanillan oak edge tints the palate but also complements the real burst of sweet, glycerol and fruit chews palate, finishing warm and with minimal tannins. It’s a pretty, light to mid weight ‘fruity’ Pinot that is affable and generous.
Little complexity but good drinkability and real fruit – call it a win. A quick internet search reveals that you can pick it up for sub $20 too.