Day 18 in lockdown…

Another day of silence, punctuated by neighbour’s lawnmowers and  ever growing alarm about misreporting, high death tallies and where on Earth the Covid-19 virus actually originated in the first place. We may never be able to absolutely pin point the origin but we can rest assured that staying away from other people seems to be working a treat at keeping down both cases of the virus and deaths from it.

The main source of news for your truly is not only the outstandingly unflappable Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health in New Zealand, but also The Guardian Weekly and online. I’m a big fan of independent journalism. As I am a glass of red wine each day. It’s a punctuation mark at the end of torturing the neighbours with the lawnmower, weed eater and other electronic garden tools.

Today’s wine for day 18 in lockdown


2016 Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir $34.99

This refreshing red is made from hand harvested grapes grown on five vineyards in Marlborough’s Awatere, Wairau and Southern Valley sub regions. The grapes were cold soaked for five to six days prior to fermentation in small vats with added yeasts, which were hand plunged three to four times daily to extract colour before the wine was pressed to French oak barrels, 44% new for 11 months. It’s drinking beautifully now and has another four to five years ahead. Tasty.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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