12,000 Miles Pinot Noir, Gladstone Vineyards, Wairarapa, New Zealand 2014

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12,000 Miles Pinot Noir, Gladstone Vineyards, Wairarapa, New Zealand 2014

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"The most rare wine in the world is good, proper Pinot Noir for under £15 a bottle - that's the real holy grail." - Jancis Robinson.com

A seriously good New Zealand Pinot Noir, which retails for less than £15.00, is the holy grail for any decent wine merchant and the wine on this page represents the end of a long quest both for us and the winemaker.

The name, '12,000 Miles', refers to the distance travelled between the winemaker’s birthplace in Scotland and the vineyard site she eventually settled on in New Zealand (the label on the bottle is designed to look like a luggage tag representing her hemispherical journey). Our quest to find a sub-£15.00 Pinot Noir of this quality has covered a similar mileage!

The wonderful thing about a great New Zealand Pinot Noir, such as this, is that it tastes of fruit. That may sound banal, but there's so much propaganda disseminated by modish wine writers, obtuse sommeliers and hipster wine bars, that you can sometimes forget that wine is made from grapes, as we're constantly being asked to worship at the altar of minerals, stems and tannins. Wine's liberal elite are in danger of making 'fruit' a dirty word, even though that's what most people want to taste when they raise a glass to their lips, leaving them feeling disenfranchised and alienated for liking it.

This gorgeous Wairarapa Pinot Noir may not bring about social change, but it will put a big fat smile on your face. Settle back in a comfy chair and enjoy its delightfully fruity flavours of soft strawberries, rosehip syrup, black cherry yoghurt, vanilla and cedar wood. It’s supple and round and juicy and uses ripe, succulent fruit as the medium to express itself. You won't find a better value Pinot Noir on the planet. 14% alc. Drink now-2020.

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): "Mushrooms, truffle and compost and lots of brilliant red tarty-sharp fruit. A rub of tannins. Not overly complex but it’s certainly very drinkable! Drink now-2019." 16 points and 'Good Value'

Bob Campbell MW: "Ripe Pinot Noir with black-fleshed plum, black cherry, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. A flavoursome and appealing wine, with good varietal character and a structure of fine ripe tannins that promote a drying finish." 92 points

The WIne Orbit: "Immediately appealing on the nose showing dark cherry, plum, cedar and mixed spice characters, which lead to a succulent palate that is beautifully fruited and rounded. The wine is silky, flavoursome and highly enjoyable, offering lovely fruit richness combined with subtle savoury complexity. At its best: now to 2019." 91 points

Raymond Chan: "A fresh, firm and tightly bound nose with moderately concentrated aromas of dark raspberries along with subtle notes of dark herbs, a suggestion of minerally reduction that adds to the interest. Liquorice element emerge with aeration.  Medium-bodied, the fruit is plush and juicy, though slightly reserved in aromatic expression, showing flavours of dark red berry fruit harmoniously melded with nuances of dark herbs.  The mouthfeel is well-proportion with weight, a rounded core and balanced extraction, the fruit sweetness prevalent, unfolding herb and liquorice elements.  The wine carries to a dry, lingering finish of raspberries and liquorice.  This is a moderately rich and juicy Pinot Noir with a plush core, plenty of presence and structural balance."

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015: "Distinctive bouquet of wild red berry fruit, the dried herb scents of the forest ; silty soil layer and moderate+ oak, youthful, fresh with moderate concentration. On the palate – fresh, fleshy, juicy and fruity with flavours of red cherry and red plum, mild to moderate tannins – quite fine; medium+ acidity and oak, balanced and well made overall. Drink now and through 2019." Silver Medal

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