Monday, 9 March 2020

Carrick Billet Doux 2018

Of all the wines I tasted on my recent trip to New Zealand, this was one of a few that left a big impression on me and really opened my eyes to where Central Otago Pinot can go. Translated, Billet Doux means 'love letter', and, I think I'm in love.

If you were starting to explore what natrual wines can offer, then this is a terrific starting point. To be honest, I'm here and there on natural wines but this release really struck a chord with me. And it's that point of difference which nailed that all important first impression when meeting something or someone new.

As winemaker Rosie Menzie poured me this wine, her excitement and pride were all too clear to see - and after having a taste, it's easy to see why.

Made the same way as the other Pinots in the range, the differences being no sulfur was used, no additions made and the wine was bottled on site (whereas the rest are sent north).

Be engaged by meaty characters - beef stock, pan juices and char. Through the mouth it presents with great width yet the fruit is fleshy without being overpowering. Fine spices roll along on a longer than expected finish with a neat touch of bitter orange just as all draws to a close. A fabulous wine and one I could enjoy time and time again. For the money, it's a great drink.

Drink to five years.


Region: Central Otago
RRP: $36
Source: Cellar Door

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