Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
Certified organic, this great value Pinot Noir was estate-grown in the Brancott Valley and matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling, with excellent depth of youthful, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity, and a backbone of fine-grained tannins. An ageworthy red, likely to be at its best from 2019 onwards, it’s already delicious.
Prophet’s Rock Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
Full of personality, this classy, attractively scented wine was estate-grown and hand-harvested at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and handled with some use of old oak, it is a fleshy, complex, off-dry style with concentrated, peachy flavours, hints of apples and lychees, a slightly creamy texture, and a real sense of youthful drive. Drink now or cellar.