Paddy Borthwick is a regular visitor to Ireland, and a firm favourite with Wines Direct customers and staff for two reasons: his wines are excellent, and he is a charming, easygoing guy who is great fun to be with! Paddy Borthwick is a maverick whose experience in the vineyards of France and Switzerland has made him into one of New Zealand’s most unique winemakers. His fantastic 25HA estate is located in Martinborough (Wairarapa), the fine food capital of New Zealand, and it fits perfectly in this region of fantastic flavour.
Lets start with the wines: his family were sheep and cattle farmers, but he had a desire to make wine, so went to Roseworthy College in Australia, graduating with a degree in Oenology. He then spent seven years gaining experience around the world, returning to set up the Paddy Borthwick estate in 1996, releasing his first vintage in 1999. Paddy allows his wines to express their terroir, as he believes his land has perfect conditions for delivering excellent wine.
Warm daily temperatures, cool nights and low rainfall, along with free-draining soil on the banks of the river, enhance the exceptional quality of fruit produced here. The difference between night and day temperatures preserves the aromatic characteristics of the wines.
Like all the best winemakers, he makes wine instinctively, and has the confidence to take risks where others hedge their bets. With the 2011 harvest,for example, which followed a cooler and wetter than usual summer, it was this confidence and experience which allowed him to wait a bit longer than other growers in the area, let the rains pass, and pick beautiful, ripe, flavoursome grapes.
Now, all that remains is for you to try and catch the lovely Paddy on one of his trips to Ireland, either at a tasting or dinner around the country or at the Wines Direct HQ in Mullingar.
"Aroma of rose petals on the nose. On the palate, delicacy and harmony from strawberry and raspberry. Great for summer in the garden." Ernie Whalley, Sunday Times
"Low on colour but not on perfume. A really pretty style with cherry and raspberry aromas backed up by a juicy, highly drinkable palate." Martin Moran, Sunday Times
"This is beautiful from beginning to end. Glistening like a ruby in your glass, it's a fab balance between the earthy notes, fresh and baked cherries, and a gorgeous generous texture." Blake Creedon, Irish Examiner.
Pinot Noir from New Zealand is always a little riper than you would get from Burgundy but good ones like this have a solid earthiness to cut through the richness. This is good value and has warming strawberry and cheery fruits aromas and flavours mingled with some forest floor character. Leslie Williams, Irish Examiner
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