A Bargain Pinot from Down Under

6 Jul

I found a bottle of ‘Mananz’, aka Mana, NZ Pinot Noir 2008 in the bargain bin at Sherry-Lehman in Manhattan. Next to a bottle of Lafite Reserve Medoc from 2006 (I must have purchased and enjoyed CASES of that!), I felt like this was a great party wine waiting to be sampled… for $12/bottle? Count me in!

The color is ruby with garnet edging. The nose features red, ripe cherry, green herbs and some hay, with a touch of earth. The mouthfeel is overpowered by bursting red cherries and herbaceous notes with cedar and a hint of sand. With the acidity extending the finish, it has a slight bite to it, making it best for pairing, not drinking by itself unless you prefer a tart pinot.

I’ve seen this Marlborough pinot available from $12-18/bottle, and on the lower end, it’s a good buy. It paired  best with asian cuisine and mexican dishes that had some spice. I enjoyed it especially with veggie fried rice and fresh spinach, as well as with tortilla chips and a tex-mex dip that had both a spicy kick and a calming base to it.

à votre santé !

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