New Zealand is just a baby amongst wine-producing countries, not planting grapes in large quantities until the 1970's. Very quickly the country became known almost exclusively for its light, refreshing sauvignon blancs. Today, New Zealand grows a number of different grape varieties, but pinot noir is the only red wine grape that has really thrived. Part of its success can be attributed to the fact that New Zealand pinot is not trying to be red Burgundy, but rather embracing its own style and reflecting its own unique climate and soil.
Some characteristics commonly found are a fuller body, fruitier palate and hints of spice. This pinot has cherry and plums with a bit of rosemary on the palate and a nice raspberry finish. Young and fresh, this is great with a number of different foods including spicy sausage, roast chicken or even barbecue.