Henry's Hills Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir
Wairarapa
by Paddy Borthwick
Henry's Hills Pinot Noir

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Bursting with juicy, red Pinot Noir fruit with brambly, spicy undertones from New Zealand. Lively aromas, linear acidity and superb length on the finish, this really is an outstanding red wine with value for money from a grape variety that is notoriously difficult to produce well and that often is very expensive.

Pinot Noir
Wairarapa
by Paddy Borthwick

Price: €17.15

Bursting with juicy, red Pinot Noir fruit with brambly, spicy undertones from New Zealand. Lively aromas, linear acidity and superb length on the finish, this really is an outstanding red wine with value for money from a grape variety that is notoriously difficult to produce well and that often is very expensive.

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country:
New Zealand
region:
Wairarapa
vintage:
2014
grapes:
Pinot Noir
abv:
14.8
style:
Red
code:
10767
enjoy with:
Roast duck on a parmesan mash.
Light Bodied
full Bodied
Low acidity
high acidity
Dry
sweet
Henry's Hills Pinot Noir
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Light Bodied
full Bodied
Low acidity
high acidity
Dry
sweet

Additional Information

country:
New Zealand
region:
Wairarapa
vintage:
2014
grapes:
Pinot Noir
abv:
14.8
style:
Red
code:
10767
enjoy with:
Roast duck on a parmesan mash.

Wine Makers

Henry's Hills Pinot Noir by Paddy Borthwick

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.

In The Press

Press Reviews

"A compelling Kiwi Pinot that links the Old world with its lush, bramble jelly fruit and its bracing fresh acidity. It is seductive yet complex at the same time. Demands seared duck breast or pink lamb." Tom Doorley, Irish Daily Mail

Ratings and Reviews

Ratings and Reviews
Wine Explorer , 20/09/2016
By The Foleys
Had this wine on its own and it was lovely and fruity and very easy to drink, maybe a little on the light side.
Henrys Hills , 28/03/2014
By Nathalie Marquez - Editor for Image magazine
I was out for a dress-up dinner with my boyfriend a few weeks ago (the kind of dress up you wear your too-high sitting down shoes to and he digs out the cufflinks for) in Town Kildare Street, as manager Jamie Belton had recently unveiled a really exciting and revamped menu and wine list. I was staring at the latter, planning to go for my usual tried and tested wine selection strategy – third-from-the-top or whatever describes itself as “easy drinking” – when a most charming Frenchman came over and offered to help. Now, without sounding stingy, I am often wary of help picking wine as I fear I’ll accidentally end up ordering something rare and horribly expensive. But, like one of those amazing Marks & Spencer ladies who can tell your bra size just by looking at you, he sized us up and delivered the softest, mildest, most mouth-watering delicious wine I have ever tasted. Believe the blurb when it tells you that this New Zealand red is juicy, brambly, silky, spicy – we could have easily put away another couple of bottles.
A lunchtime treat , 17/01/2014
By Will
I was offered a glass of this lovely Pinot one lunchtime during the week and it turned an everyday meal into a really special occasion
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Wairarapa in New Zealand

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