Alexander Dusty Road Martinborough Pinot Noir (2020)

Crafted for early drinking, but age-worthy too, this second-tier red consistently offers irresistible value. The 2020 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (15 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling and savoury, with generous, ripe cherry,plum and spice flavours, gently seasoned with oak, and excellent depth and harmony. Surprisingly concentrated for a sub-$30 Pinot Noir, it should be at its best 2023+.

Details

Type: Red Wines
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $28 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: V+

When to drink: 2023

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 5/7; When to Drink: 21 – 22
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 20 – 24
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 20 – 23
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 20 – 22
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 20 – 21
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: P – P
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed June 2022

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