Paddy Borthwick 2016 Rosé and Riesling, and 2013 LH and RH Pinot Noirs

16-Dec-2016
The Borthwick vineyard on Dakins Road, Gladstone is an integral part of the Borthwick family’s farming operation. The winegrowing and making is under the responsibility of Paddy Borthwick, whose youthful looks belie his industry experience which extends over 35 vintages. The 27 ha vineyard, established in 1996 is managed by Paddy, Lisa Hodson and Anne Behrent, and the production of high quality wines is primarily exported, though there is a very good domestic presence too. Here, I review the new 2016 Pinot Rosé and Riesling, as well as the 2013 ‘Left Hand’ and ‘Right Hand’ Pinot Noirs, crafted to reflect the "logical, creative and precise” personality of assistant winemaker Braden Crosby (who has now departed), and the "intuitive, impulsive and thoughtful” nature of Paddy Borthwick respectively. The two winemakers each selected their preferred parcels of fruit and made the wines with their personal inputs and made barrel selections to show what they thought would be the bet expression of the Borthwick Estate vineyard. The inaugural vintage of these wines was 2011 (click here to see my reviews), and the wines were also made in 2014 before Braden left. www.borthwick.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Paddy Borthwick Wairarapa Pinot Rosé 2016
  • Paddy Borthwick Wairarapa Riesling 2016
  • Paddy Borthwick ‘Left Hand’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2013
  • Paddy Borthwick ‘Right Hand’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2013

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