As predicted, the New Zealand pinot noirs are coming across loud and clear. The 2012 Marlborough vintage was pins-and-needles, but all came shining through, albeit with low yields but also with superior quality due to the long hang time. One taste of the just-arrived 2012 Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir will show you what I mean. The aromas take a bit of coaxing, but the palate -- wow! It is deep and beguiling, with beautiful cherry/blueberry sweetness, a lovely bit of grip, great acids and excellent flesh. It drinks even better the next day -- always a sign of superior quality. Costs about $25.
-- Michael McVittie reviews wines available locally