So, after babbling about Pinot and Ata Rangi, pulled last bottle of 2008 vintage from cellar.
With rosemary and garlic seasoning, roast lamb, potato, butternut
and broccoli. Apple crumble dessert followed.
2008 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, Martinborough. 13.5% Screw Cap.
Deep dark red ( a characteristic of Martinborough IMO ) no age,
rather muted nose. Soft entry but gained power and expression over
time in glass. Good acidity cut with the lamb. ( Maybe Prof Lipton
can explain the oleo~stearic fat differences between beef and lamb? )
Palate: earth, black cherry some earth, Alive and well but past best
on this bottle.
Stemware: don't recall discussion on the NG about merits of various
brands. I have Riedel, Schott Zwiesel but for this, first use of recent
purchase of Zalto Universals. New to NZ but a favourite with some
Aussie drinkers. Need to use a few times to get a feel for these, but
notice in myself and others a certain reluctance to swirl and aerate
in glass. The stems are so thin you think it may snap, and the bowl
and wine are going to end in your lap.
- posted 6 months ago