Two pinots, both alike in dignity, in fair new world, where we lay our scene… A few months ago I accidentally stumbled upon a wine blog pointing to New Zealandian 2011 Schubert Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir as wine of the year. Almost simultaneously I got a newsletter from a wine site I normally do not pay much attention to, drawing focus to South African producer Hamilton Russell Vineyards and their world class pinot noirs. Surely a coincidence, but I saw the sign – is that a match-up I see before me?
Obviously they had a lot in common, and separating them was not easy. But the most refreshing outcome of this tasting was that they were so good. Fantastic mouth-feel, complex aromas, lingering finish. Heaven can be sought for in Burgundy, but I am definitely buying more of these two. (The wines: Schubert Marion’s Vineyard 2011 Pinot Noir, Wairarapa and Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir)
Ulf Bengtsson writes about wine under the pseudonym Red Scream on his blog Red Scream and Riesling, on wine, food, photography and other things that are important in life. Like detective novels, taking long walks in Stockholm and the occasional burst of exercise. He is also on Facebook.