We love a glass of wine but we’re sometimes stumped when it comes to regions, vineyards and grapes – there’s so much choice out there!
Ray O’Connor, Wine Director at Naked Wines has come to the rescue with a series of tasty new gems to help you expand your horizons and impress your mates, without straying too far from your comfort zone.
Ray's wine of the week this week is Rod Easthope Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 (£24.99 Naked Wines, but £12.49 if you are a Naked Wines ‘Angel’)
Why I love it:
If you haven’t heard of Central Otago Pinot, it’s as good as it gets in New Zealand. Imagine your first taste of seriously expensive wine... soft and powerful at the same time, with a long, rich aftertaste that just keeps on going... and you get this.
Rod’s Central Otago Pinot Noir is wonderfully light and smooth but with incredible concentration. It’s jam-packed with delicious black cherry fruits that bounce out of the glass and do a little dance on your tongue, followed by a hint of naughty peppery smokiness. Mouth-watering stuff.
The Winemaker: Rod Easthope
Rod is a winemaking Rock Star. His wines are dripping in medals, rave journalist reviews and oodles of Parker Points (basically, the world’s biggest wine boffin loves him).
Rod loves his Pinot, and even when working for a prestigious New Zealand winery, his burning ambition was to create his very own. Thanks to funding from Naked Wines’ 130,000 Angels, he was able to do just that.
Rod knows where all the best grapes are hiding, so he was able to secure some of the finest fruit in New Zealand to make this wine.
The Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand is a spectacular place. Surrounded by tall hills, the area has its own micro-climate which keeps the vines cool but with plenty of sunlight. This gives the wines an extra layer of complexity and elegance making it home to some of the best Pinot Noir on the planet.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Type: Classic Red
Ageing advice: Drink now to 2018
Serving advice: Serve at 16-18°C. Open/decant 30 mins before serving
Food match: Grab a leg of lamb, slow roast it for 12 hours, then serve with copious amounts of this. Stunning.
Naked Wines is a customer-funded wine business. Their customers, called Angels, fund talented independent winemakers like Rod and get rewarded with delicious wines at wholesale prices in return... neat huh?
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