Pinot Noir is becoming more popular in New Zealand and is beginning to turn heads all over the world. When it turns the heads of the Rothschild family of Chateau Lafite, many others follow as well.
The Rothschild name alone is enough to garner interest here. Not just because of its fame, but primarily for their commitment to absolute quality from every property they control around the world. Rimapere means "five arrows" and refers to the Rothschild's coat of arms.
The 24-acre vineyard is in Marlborough, located at the northern tip of the South Island and known primarily for Sauvignon Blanc. Only four acres are devoted to Pinot Noir, but that could change. The vineyard is completely organic and sustainable as certified by the UN sustainability program.
As is imperative with Pinot Noir, yields are kept to a minimum. Most of New Zealand Pinot Noir is grown on the South Island, which is cooler than the North. Marlborough is the warmest part of the island, but that doesn't mean it's hot. It is closer to the climate found in Oregon, Burgundy, and California, which suits the grape just fine.
Our selection defies categorization. You start by saying what it's not. It's not California, Oregon or Burgundy. In essence is its own. While the supple sensuality of the wine says Pinot Noir, the attentive flavors are a welcome change. Wild berry hits the palate instead of cherry and the floral tones suggest a possible kinship with duck confit or grilled salmon.