Across the world...2009 is a Pinot Noir vintage. Two wines miles apart....
Craggy Range Te Muna
Pinot Noir 2009
Martinborough, New Zealand
Medium light in colour....instant cherry on the nose...and some raspberry follows...complex...and the youthfulness appeals at the moment...but this will develop with a few years...so a second bottle needs to be left alone.
Although earthy at the moment...satin smooth tannins...a touch of tar...rose petals...violets...difficult to fully appraise fully and be fair...
Points 17.25...but I am maybe being a little mean as we have a very good wine here
And so to another wine purchased on my recent trip to Baden...
Horst and Petra Konstanzer bottled their first wine in 1983, and in the initial stages from then on considered their winery to be a part-time occupation. However, the success of their products encouraged them to take over the operation of their parents in 1989, which had until then supplied grapes to the local co-operative, and to make a full-time job of winemaking from then on. Today they tend 9 hectares of vineyards. A vineyard to watch....
Konstanzer Ihringer Winkleberg
Spätburgunder Spätlese trocken 2009
This has more instant appeal...very juicy...but with a good backbone and perfect balance. Full of ripe fruit...these 2009 reds from Baden are going to be essential buys...but back to this one...and as Herr Konstanzer said...a real glass full of wine..
Points 16.75..and a good value at € 15,--