Central Otago's toothsome 2007s
It was a pleasure to taste most of the 2007 Pinot Noirs made in Central Otago (over 60 from a total of just over 90), and interesting to make a comparison with my impressions when I concentrated on the 2003s on my last visit. The wines do seem overall to be drier (as in less sweet) and more complex, and a little more restrained, although 2007 was a particularly fine vintage - the result of a particularly cool summer, and perhaps the smallish, frost-shrunk crop naturally imbued the wines with good concentration of flavour thanks to the tiny berries. None of these wines is made in huge quantity so many may be difficult to...
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