Paper Road Pinot Noir, Borthwick Vineyards 2014, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Country: New Zealand

Colour / Style: Red

Advent Calendar Day: December 6th

Borthwick Estate lies in the heart of peaceful Wairarapa just northeast of Martinborough. Their philosophy is to leave nature untouched in the vineyard and winery. The 27 hectares of vineyards sit on an old stony river terrace with free draining alluvial soils and a unique micro climate, all surrounded by stunning views. The warm daily temperatures, cool nights and low rainfall provide ideal growing conditions.

Wairarapa – of which Martinborough is a sub-region – is found at the southern tip of the North Island. Unlike some of the better known regions there is a definite emphasis on quality here and small boutique wineries are the norm. Not far from its neighbour on the South Island, Marlborough, the region has a similar climate and topography, but tends to produce more top quality red wines, usually from Pinot or Cabernet Sauvignon.

This is a delicious, easy drinking Pinot Noir from the hands of a master. The delicate, pale red colour opposes the power of the luscious strawberry fruits beneath. It contains a touch of spicy zestiness, too, which we love as a lingering aftertaste!