What’s next for New Zealand Pinot Noir?

Liam McElhinney, winemaker, Te Pa

“One of New Zealand’s best assets is its unique geography. We have several regions producing world-class Pinot Noir, at a range of price points. I see regional and sub-regional expression as increasingly important to New Zealand’s Pinot Noir reputation. Pinot Noir provides truly diverse expression within one grape variety, giving a snapshot of different soils and microclimates.

“Pinot Noir from Omaka Valley [in Marlborough] is ethereal, with fine acidity and freshness on the palate. That from Ben Morven is bolder, with ripe cherry fruit and density on the palate. The challenge the UK trade faces is to recognise and embrace this diversity, by educating trade and consumers as to why New Zealand Pinot Noir is so special.”

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