Three wines...3 countries...three grapes....tasted over...you guessed it...three days!
Pittnauer St. Laurent Alte Reben 1998
Having enjoyed the Pinot Noir 2001 I decided to risk an earlier vintage from this estate...albeit from another red they produce. As recently as 1998 the wines of Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer were lodged in a small cellar under the family house in Gols. But since the new winery was built in time for the 2001 vintage they have not looked back. The domaine which counted 6 hectares in 1998 now totals 22 hectares with an impressive range of new wines. Gerhard has resisted the temptation to produce a bit of everything, as so many of his colleagues do, and he is almost exclusively a red wine producer, concentrating on St Laurent, Pinot Noir, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt. New oak is used, though perhaps a little less than previously.
After the big build-up...not much to say really...not much fruit left on the nose...and the palate was tannin-free...but also very dry and it had waved goodbye a few years ago. Luckily I had prepared another bottle in case of the above showing poorly.
Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2006
Waipara Valley, New Zealand
Fellow Blogger Edward had recently tried the 2007 and had not been over enthusiastic. The first thing to say about the wine is...it is a 'maverick' compared to many others tried from New Zealand. Rate is as a red wine or as a Pinot Noir style? The nose surprises with racy red fruit...cherry...trace of polish...not exactly your sexy Pinot. Tannins are fine-grained...savoury fruit but the wine is not rounded. This has sharp corners...and not sure where it is going. Does it need age?...maybe...but I can only concur with Ed...hard work at the moment.
Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
I can understand people liking this wine. That's not to say I didn't. I 'grew up' on Bordeaux...which was Cabernet Sauvignon with a dry earthiness usually.... The New World changed all that and blockbusters were suddenly everywhere. I suppose this is in between the styles...and the strong cassis nose is very appealing. There are biting tannins...and sweet blackcurrant fruit. Spicy cloves...and some chocolate. Firm but approachable. A good choice for a restaurant list...but I needed some nuances...just a touch too up-front for my liking.