Matua Pinot Noir 2011

The Marlborough region of New Zealand may not be the first place you think of when you’re considering Pinot Noir, but it terms of new world pinots, the Matua bottling is worth a nod.

While not a classic, Burgundy-like expression of the varietal, the Matua Pinot Noir is delightfully light, with scents of ripe cherry and a hint of thyme. Soft, lush flavors of sweet plum are accompanied by a pleasant acidity that adds a brightness to the wine.

The warmer climate of Marlborough, as compared to that of France’s Burgundy region, makes this Pinot Noir riper, juicier, and sweeter than an old world style. This bottling would make a nice pairing with a grilled salmon dish.