Friday, January 20, 2012
Wyndham 333 Pinot Noir- drinkable, and at ten bucks
In NZ it is hard to find any Pinots under $25 that aren't wimpy raspberry-lite BBQ quaffers.
Admittedly, the Marlborough Pinots seem to be getting better each vintage with older vines and improved vineyard management. But they are still clocking in at about $24 for anything reasonable. Or 'drinkable' as some wine tossers are prone to opine. (It's a funny thing how saying a wine is drinkable is a good thing. Whereas if you described a dish as edible it would be pejorative.)
Anyway, at the risk of losing my citizenship, I do find the Aussie Wyndham 333 Pinot Noir often available at $NZ9.99 a bottle very good value. It's a medium style with fruity cherry and red fruits flavours plus a fine grained tannin.
The wine seems to be a blend of South Eastern Australian wine, with no particular region quoted on the label. I have bought bottles over the last few years and the Pinot tastes like it is blended to a particular consistent style (not unlike their 555 Shiraz). In former times as a Shiraz fan, I often drank their 555 Shiraz. And nothing wrong with blending for consistency - French Champagne makers have been doing that for yonks.
Even Wine Spectator give it 86/100. Very imbibable, says I. (I'd swear on the Bibable)
Phil runs not for profit Wine and Food Tours in Auckland New Zealand, God bless 'im.
Posted by Phil at 5:38 PM