Elaine and I attended a New Zealand tasting at Lee's last night. We tasted four wines. Fairhall Downs Sauvigon Blanc 2006 Marlboro, "THE" Terrace Heights Estates Sauvigon Blanc 2006 Marlboro, Fairhall Downs Pinot Noir 2004 Marlboro, and "THE" Terrace Heights Estates Pinot Noir 2004 Marlboro. Three of the wines were typical of the varietal and region. The surprise for us was "THE" Terrace Heights Pinot Noir 2004 Marlboro. In the past, I have not been a big fan of New Zealand Pinots but this one took me by surprise.
In the glass it had a medium body and a nice burgundy color. On the nose there was plum and a slight hint of earth and bell pepper with some spice as well. On the palette all of those flavors came through very nicely. The plums came through at the beginning and gave way to tastes of bell pepper. The finish was long with spice at the very end.
There are only 500 cases made each year and 250 make it to the United States from this small family owned vineyard in Marlboro New Zealand. The retail price point I was told should be in the 25-28 dollar range. In my opinion this a a great value and a nice surprise for myself who really enjoys Pinot.