Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018
|Region||New Zealand, Otago, Central Otago|
#46 - Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2019
Color: Crimson with purple hues. Aroma: Ripe black cherry with smoky notes and hints of mushroom peeking out behind rich fruit. Taste: Fleshy black plum, with layers of cherry and sweet berries that play on the palate and dance with notes of violet. Food match: Dry tannins and hints of cigar make this a versatile wine to pair with turkey, salmon, lamb and beef.
This displays an impressive presence, smooth and succulent, with vibrant cherry, raspberry and apricot notes and touches of white pepper, anise seed and toasted cumin. The texture is smooth, with firm tannins that add an appealing traction on the finish. Drink now through 2033. 4,500 cases made, 3,500 cases imported.
While this organically farmed Pinot isn't as fruit forward as previous vintages, it makes up for it with an abundance of fresh herbs: thyme, rosemary and fennel seeds, with some leafy secondary characters and red-berry fruit in the mix too. Mouthwatering acidity and crunchy fruit are balanced by sandy tannins. Drink this light-bodied bottle a little chilled, with a summer meal seasoned with the same freshly plucked herbs as the nose suggests.