As this is the first "Wine Review" I am doing here, I feel I should point out that I am in no way, shape or form an MW. This review process is a purely personal one, and solely from my own tastebuds' point of view. I will simply be telling you what I like and what I don't like. It's up to you to try the wine and see if we have similar tastes. Remember, don't give up after the first review. We may not like the same sort of Pinots, but we might love the same sort of Sauvignons.
On to the review:
Te Hera Estate Pinot Noir – 2004, Lightly oaked.
We purchased this wine recently, among a number of others yet to be tasted.
It cost us NZ$ 14.95 a bottle.
Online I have seen it priced at NZ$ 18.95 a bottle.
The winery is in the grape growing region of Martinborough.
Contact and a small amount of background details can be found courtesy of one of my favourite websites, Cuisine magazine.
It was a perfectly drinkable pinot noir, although I felt that it had a somewhat odd aftertaste. We are currently debating whether this is simply a figment of my imagination due to a long overdue return to drinking NZ Pinot Noir, or whether my tastebuds are picking up something completely different from John's. If you have to pay close to NZ$20 for this wine, then I would suggest that you bypass it in favour of one of your old favourites. At around NZ$15 a bottle I wouldn't feel hard done by or ripped off, just slightly disappointed.