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Lay of the Land Ben Morven Farm Pinot Noir 2011, New Zealand

This Pinot Noir was created by Mike Paterson, based in Malborough, New Zealand. After stints in California, Burgundy, Australia and 10 years of making wine for Jackson Estate in Marlborough, Naked Wines funded him to set up Lay of the Land on his own with a half a million pound investment. 

This is a super example of a New Zealand Pinot noir with a solid refined finish. The fruity notes of blackberry and cherry are very much offset with the traditional complexities of the pinot noir grape - spice, tannin, pepper. Smooth on the palate and improved with food.

A highly enjoyable choice if you like the sophistication of the Pinot Noir grape. Not in the same league as an aged Burgundy from the likes of Volnay or Gevrey Chambertin but a solid slurp.