I haven't acquired a taste for the wines of New Zealand. It is not that I don't like them, I just can't get my head around the QPR - generally speaking, I can get good Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire, or even Chile and S. Africa, at better prices...ditto for the Pinots. But tonight's wine was a gift - an infinitely good QPR.
The 2003 Churton Pinot Noir (Marlborough) was kindly donated by my good friend Peter, but what I failed to recognize at the time was that this was an aged bottle from his personal cellar (the '07s are on the shelves of the SAQ). An impressive nose of meaty cooked fruit, earthy strawberries, slate and truffles, with a hint of white flowers. Gravelly, bitter fruit on the palate with very nice acidity, silky tannins, and a deceptively long finish. This certainly has the body and acidity to go longer, but I like this one today. Thanks Peter - I would even call this a good QPR if I had to pay for it...
cork. 13.5% alcohol