Hello and Happy Wine Wednesday! Down, down we go to taste a lovely little Pinot Noir. New Zealand, aren’t you something else??
“Ponga” is named after New Zealand’s symbolic silver fern by the indigenous Maori people. Located in Marlborough, on the South Island, the region produces around three-quarters of the entire country’s wine. It is also the world’s most southerly wine region with both dry and sunny weather balanced by cool nights and a long growing season. These are the qualities that give Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs vibrance and kick!
This is a lovely medium-bodied Pinot Noir with notes of light raspberry and plum, a bit of chalk and earth and a peppery finish. A bit vegetal, it is well balanced by soft tannins. It has a well-rounded and fine French quality to it but should be allowed to open to awaken the full capacity of the flavors.
Ponga wines are sustainably produced by the Scott Family. The grapes are hand-sorted and de-stemmed and then matured in 100% French Oak, which may give it that French red quality. Priced moderately around $13, grab a taste of this Pinot Noir, the other New Zealand import. Very nicely done! Enjoy!