There will be another review from the Wine Media conference, but right now, it is a review of the 2014 Maude Mt. Maude Vineyard Pinot Noir.
When would you call a wine a gem? It has to be precious, and it has to be rare. This is one such wine. This wine comes from a small vineyard in the Maungawera Valley, outside of Wanaka, Central Otago. It is Maude's beautifully located home block.
Flavours of black cherry and forest floor move down the palate in an elegant, but also somewhat brooding fashion. This is interesting, not a Central Otago blockbuster, but not a lightweight either. The tannins are fine, and the oak well integrated. Savoury notes dominate on the elegant and satisfying finish.
By the way, their standard 2017 Pinot Noir won New Zealand wine of the year, and it will be reviewed here shortly.