Good evening once again wine lovers.
Tonight I am looking at one of those reasonably priced wines. The Nepenthe Pinot Noir. A wine that is one of their staple wines among their whole range. Their humble reasonably priced Pinot Noir. A solid wine for the price year after year, this Pinot will never be something elaborate, but for its price, knows is place in the pecking order.
Colour: Cherry Red with a pale hue
Aromas: Raspberry and glazed cherry drive this wine in the glass working in with an array with mixed red berries. Secondary aromas of star anise, liquorice root and cola round out this wine in the glass.
Palate: Soft and rather savoury, red cherry and cranberry are the main contributors to this wine and it works with herbaceous elements in the background. The wine lingers off into cranberry tartness with traces of white pepper. There is a certain heat in this wine brought around by the 14% alcohol volume. This really holds back the fruit drive but also takes away the desirable complexity of this wine too.
Personal Thoughts: Your staple run of the mill Pinot Noir. There is nothing special about this wine; it just is what it is. I feel that the alcohol percentage of this wine spoiled the palate somewhat. There was too much alcohol content. Whilst it gives the wine some weight, the overpowering nature started to come through and the fruit flavours of the wine could not quite equally match the intensity. Most Pinots hover around the 13% mark for alcohol content so I was quite astonished when this one comes in at 14%. Usually that is more of the medium bodied red wine territory; so I was surprised that this one was quite that high for a light bodied red wine. Unfortunately, this wine could not hold up to the content, nor should it really. However, it is still a Pinot and all those flavours are noticeable, and this is not a terrible wine by any stretch of the imagination. I feel that this wine could be better off with food pairings. Something like duck or some goats cheese. It just needs something to round off that heat, and the gamey nature of duck and the rich creamy texture of cheese will be able to do that nicely.
Drink: Now to 2020
The SA Wine Guy