Paul's Pinot, as we affectionally know this Kiwi wine with good sustainability credentials, is a real treat. It has rightly won multiple awards, and we think it's worth every penny.
In the mouth the wine feels tight and cool, the structural elements of acidity, alcohol and tannin holding the concentrated Pinot flavours at its core. The wine has amplified aromatics of the Bernard clones as well as the rustic charm of the old Saint Helena Pinot selection. The tannins particularly have a lovely sappy edge (possibly from the whole bunch ferment) that convey a feeling of tension. The bright, fruity acidity gives a sense of buoyancy balancing the sweetness of both the fruit flavour and the alcohol – of which this wine has sufficient but not too much.
Full bodied enough to pair perfectly with duck or lamb.
About the vineyard:
Paul Tutton has a special place in out heart, as the founder of Waterloo Wines, now known as Lant Street Wine. He is also head of this family-run vineyard in North Canterbury, New Zealand.
The family bought Waipara West in 1989 knowing that, although it was an unsuccessful rabbit infested sheep farm, it had a combination of factors suitable for the production of quality grapes. The vines they planted then are now producing the most incredible vintages, year after year.
Sustainability credentials: Making good progress (1*)
Practicing organic viticulture for over a decade, Waipara West has finally undergone certification - although this will only apply from 2021 vintages. It is certified as sustainable by Sustainable Winemaking New Zealand. And if you're worried about shipping miles - don't: sea freight is very efficient, and Collectivino offset the carbon impact of the 6 week voyage to the UK.
Other info: Red. 14%Vol. 100% Pinot. Cork closure.
Air New Zealand 2015 - Gold Medal
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015 - Silver Medal
Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 - Silver Medal
International Wine Challenge 2017 - Silver Medal