2 Jan 2008

From Office to Vines

'I just wanted to get my hand in the soil ... to produce something worthwhile'
[John Porter - former commuter]
FROM WHAT could be termed ‘large allotment’ in scale (five acres) comes a clear, Falun red Pinot NoirPorter’s ’04, Martinborough. This, the tenth vintage from husband and wife winegrowers, olive oil producers and deluxe B&B operators, is initially mellow, becoming ever concentrated like a chromatogram, with aromas of de-seeded red watermelon, peppered strawberry which becomes acceptably, buoyantly confected on the palate, and perfectly judged wood spice. Fleshy, with a mellow mouthfeel and a slowly spreading, continuing finish. Less milky then some Otago’s; more concerned with concentration than Marlborough. Unpretentious and desirable.