Kawarau 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve
Sourced from one of the oldest blocks of Pinot Noir in the Central Otago region, this bottle is a very good example of what New Zealand can do.
The winemaker, Dean Shaw, is known for his non-interventionist winemaking. This bottle is a decent example of the minimalist style, except for the huge gobs of oak. Oh, and Kawarau is a certified organic winery, if you are into that sort of thing.
Dried Cranberries and fresh plum dominate the nose, but a whiff of smoke and flowers comes through, too. On the palate, this is clearly not your average Pinot from NZ. A surprisingly tannic Pinot, it is counterbalanced with a jolt of fresh acidity.
The combination pays off, with complex fruit flavors that range from pomegranate to fig, and back again. While intense, the overall impression is soft and lovely.