By Fergal Gleeson*
Terra Sancta Mysterious Diggings Pinot Noir
Bannockburn Central Otago 2015
This wine is not aimed at the tweed jacket and arm patch brigade. But do you really want to be that person? Sniffing the wine like a rodent. With a wrinkled brow, noisily swishing liquid about your mouth. Staring into the distance until you’ve got everyones’ attention. Then you finish it off by saying something like ‘Hmm interesting…. yes I think it’s wine!”
This is not for you then. Terra Sancta Mysterious Diggings Pinot Noir is a very good Pinot from Central Otago that doesn’t pretend to be Burgundy. It is medium bodied with juicy red fruit and zippy acid on the finish to keep things moving. No pesticides have been used in the vineyard and the wine is unfined, unfiltered and wears Birkenstocks. Avid readers (Hi Dad!) will note I sampled the Terra Sancta Pinot Noir Rose a few weeks previously which was also a pleasing effort. This is Pinot Noir in it’s more conventional garb as a red table wine. As it was intended to be drank/drunk/drinked. The Mysterious Diggings of the label is a marking on an arcane map of the Bannockburn area on which the vineyard is situated. But really there is no great mystery about the wine. And you don’t have to dig too deep to discover it. It’s a well made and very enjoyable wine!
Rating: 3.5/5. RRP $30. For more Wine Reviews read and follow www.greatwineblog.com Drink and be merry!
*Finalist- New Wine Writer of the Year 2016- WCA /Gourmet Traveller WINE