Wine of the week – Pinot power in Marlborough

If, like most red wine lovers, you’ve been seduced by the words Central Otago, how about settling into something smooth from Corofin – a small wine brand making a big splash with three top Pinot Noirs made from single vineyard sites in Marlborough.

The Settlement Pinot is my personal fave of the trio and my wine of the week.


2016 Corofin Settlement Pinot Noir $43.99 

The name Corofin comes from a little town on the River Fergus in County Clare, Ireland. It is also the name of winemakers Mike and Anna Paterson’s home in Marlborough and their wine brand, which includes three Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay. 

They have both worked with wine in Marlborough for about 15 years. He is a winemaker; she works in marketing. The first harvest of their own Corofin wines was 2012.

The couple initially wanted to make wine in North Canterbury but the timing didn’t work, so they decided to purchase grapes from top vineyards in Marlborough.

This means their three Pinot Noirs are made from grapes purchased from Dog Point Vineyards The Settlement, from Sam and Mandy Weaver’s Churton Estate and from the Cowley family, which owns the Auntsfield wine brand and land in the region’s Southern Valleys.

The Settlement Pinot Noir is made from an organically certified vineyard planted 17 years ago by Ivan Sutherland, founder of Dog Point Vineyards. 

This wine is dry, medium bodied and has silky, smooth tannins, red fruit flavours, notes of plum and spice. None of which does its flavours justice; this is a complex wine which drinks well now and can age for four to five years, possibly longer. A top drop from a top vineyard.


The Corofin Pinot Noirs

The winemaking is identical for all three Pinot Noirs, with variability only in the percentage of whole clusters used in the ferments; more in a warm year for freshness and structure, less in a cooler one to give any green flavours the swerve.

There is also a Corofin Chardonnay.

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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