Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Recommendation: A “not bad” New Zealand Pinot Noir.

Winery/Producer: Rabbit Ranch Wine Company; Queensland, New Zealand.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Central Otago, New Zealand.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $24.99 (NZ$) about $18.90 (US$) plus $20 corking fee.

Purchased From: Glengarry Wines, City Store; Auckland, New Zealand.

Paired With: Mustard glazed loin of pork with roast potatoes, carrots and savoy cabbage.


    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, ruby red color with a light pink rim. Strong damp earth, dark fruit and mushroom aromas. Powerful dark cherry and current taste and a dry dusty mouth-feel that continues through a medium-long, slightly spicy finish. Lively and fresh Pinot Noir that has lots of character. Good (not great) with the pork, and overall it’s a “not bad” New Zealand Pinot Noir.

    She said: Barely translucent with lots of legs that descended like they know where they were headed. Scents of earthiness and fruit combine into a pleasant bouquet. The first taste was fruity with a light body, soft tannins and a long dry finish. The wine was much better than the pork and a better pairing would help the wine. A good Pinot Noir at the price. It lacks the delicacy of similar French Pinot Noir, but was very much to my liking. Read the back label about the rabbits, it’s hilarious.

    Comments: Purchased in an Auckland, New Zealand wine shop and consumed in the Britannia Restaurant on board the Cunard Queen Mary 2.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Bar code: 9 42109 900036

Imported by: NA