Brightwater Te Kahu Pinot Noir 2019
- Medium bodied
Brightwater is one of our favourite little producers out of Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand. This is their Te Kāhu pinot, a wine that honours the native carrier hawk of that same name. It’s quite supple with a savoury undertone and dark cherry on the fruit side. A touch of French oak adds structure and helps make for a long finish. Nelson always punches well above its weight, and this juicy number from one of the regions best boutique wineries is a perfect example of that.
“It’s wonderfully fruited and inviting on the nose showing Black Doris plum, sweet cherry, game and spicy oak characters, leading to a concentrated palate that’s succulent and fleshy. The wine offers terrific fruit purity together with elegant complexity, making it immediately appealing and highly enjoyable.”
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Nelson, right at the top of the south island, vies for New Zealand's best wine region. Its wine history dates back to 1800s German settlers, but the modern industry kicked off in the 1970s. It boasts a vibrant arts and café scene, and although you will see New Zealand's usual suspects (pinot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and aromatic whites), many of the wines are as eclectic as the people who live here.