Wine of the week… Top new Pinot Noir

2014 The Honourable Pinot Noir $75


Ever wished that all Pinot Noir lived up to the promise of being great red wine?

Well, meet a new wine from a big producer that does just that.

The Honourable Pinot Noir is named after Charles Bigg Wither, a farmer in the 1840s who did a brief stint in Parliament, hence the name The Honourable.

This wine is a fitting tribute to an early pioneer.

His evocative name is also used for the arid but beautiful Wither Hills; backdrop to this country’s biggest wine region in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. And that’s exactly where all of the grapes in this top drop were grown. The Taylor River Vineyard has long been home to outstanding single vineyard Pinot Noirs made by Wither Hills Winery, which was founded in 1994 and began producing single vineyard wines in in the mid 2000s. About 72% of Wither Hills’ total wine production is Sauvignon Blanc, with the balance being evenly spread between Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.

The Honourable is the pinnacle of the winery’s Pinot production – silky, subtle¬† and fresh; it gains its power from elegance and lingering flavours on the finish. A stunning new wine that drinks well now – it’s five years old – but has great potential for aging further too.

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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