2005 Picnic Pinot Noir
This wine is made from a blend of fruit from Marlborough and the various subregions of Central Otago.
Fruit driven with subtle hints of spice and forest floor characteristics, this is a youthful but elegant Pinot Noir made to be enjoyed young!
Viticulturalist: Richard Flatman
Winemaker: Dean Shaw
Available: October 2006
Drink: 2006 - 2009
Export: Australia; Canada; USA
I always enjoy this simple, easy drinking wine from Sam Neill's vineyards. Compared with the more complex, minerally elegance of The Last Chance Pinot Noir (3 1/2 stars), the Picnic is a lively wine that dances on the tounge and has an intriguing spicy, slightly gamy character with an underlying edginess. -- Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times , February 7, 2007
A drink young style, the 2005 vintage (3 stars), is blend of Marlborough and Central Otago grapes. Its a full coloured wine, flavoursome and supple, with plummy, herbal, spicy characters, and enough tannin to be interesting. A "pretty" wine with some substance that's ready to roll. -- Michael Cooper, Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2007
Updated: 16 May 2013