New reviews by Christina Pickard
2018 Mt. Beautiful Rosé
90 Points - also selected as a Top 10 Rosé
The current vintage of this wine is a more complex and less overtly ripe expression than the previous year’s and it’s lovely to see a rosé with more strings to its bow. It sings to the tune of cherry blossoms, orange rind and dried herbs. It’s dry, slippery and refreshing. There’s a bitter note at the finish but this would be a fun one to experiment with food pairings; likely that finish would become unnoticeable with a well matched meal. Mt. Beautiful USA.
2017 Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir
A dense multifaceted nose from this quality North Canterbury producer reveals notes of black cherries, peppery herbs, violets, vanilla, warm stones and a slightly meaty funky nuance. Sturdy and relatively thick waisted, the palate is cinched with savory tight-grained tannins and a sweet brambly berry fruit flecked with herbal notes to finish. Drink now through 2026.