Well, the dust has settled on the exams (and the aftermath of finding out what the wines were) and gradually we are all returning to our normal lives, before the nerves kick back in again around results time. It’s a strange thing to be sitting here of an evening, not studying and – more importantly – not feeling guilty about not studying!
I can’t think about the exams, it’s all too close and just a tad too raw! But, before they broke my heart and mind, I went to a really good tasting! On the Monday before kick-off I decided that I was never going to learn anything new and thought that distracting myself from my ignorance was a wise plan. And so I took comfort in Pinot Noir and, more specifically, New Zealand Pinot Noir.
There seems to be have a trend of late for wine journalists to pounce on regions and create classifications… I’m not quite sure what’s sparked it, but it feels like we are awash with top 50s, top 100s and regional classifications a-plenty. It’s not a bad thing necessarily, though I do wonder when it will stop. Maybe I should create one for myself! Haha!
Anyway, the tasting on Monday was of Tim Atkin MW’s Top 50 NZ Pinot Noirs, a list that he published on his website back in February. You can find it, and his other reports, here: http://www.timatkin.com/reports . It’s quite a list and it was a very enjoyable tasting, tucked up at the top of New Zealand House – one of the least attractive buildings in London (sorry), but with an AMAZING view.
The wines were great, and it was pretty easy to see why Tim had chosen the range. It certainly ably showcased the high quality of NZ Pinot and the stylistic diversity across the regions – it also showed how great some of the not-classically-Pinot regions can be. Neudorf, from Nelson, is, in particular, rather yummy and there were a few wines from Marlborough that showed that region’s rising class.
It does perhaps seem a little odd to select a list of favourites from someone else’s list of favourites, but hey! Mine are below…
Today’s stuck-in-head-song – Let her go, Passenger
Today’s dinner – fabulous barbecue
Today’s drinks – 2011 Domaine de l’Idylle Mondeuse, Tiallier, Savoie
Today’s footwear – fawn peep toe stilettos