Paddy Borthwick ‘Falloon Block’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2017
As one of the greater Wairarapa’s senior winemakers, Paddy Borthwick has a wealth of experience not only in winemaking, but also the performance of varieties and understanding of sites in the region. Paddy has the ‘Falloon Block', planted to Pinot Noir over 20 years ago by John and Philippa Falloon at Bideford as one of his resources, and the fruit has made a number of single vineyard wines under the Paddy Borthwick label. Being a bit further out, it ripens a little later than the ‘Home’ blocks, so offers much potential in blending as well as insurance from weather.
Joining Paddy’s team recently has been Briony Carnachan working in the Wairarapa for several years, previously at Urlar with Carol Bunn and before that with Jane Cooper at Matahiwi. Before that she was at Ara and she gained her initial training at Delegats. Paddy tells me that she will take on the role of making the ‘Left Hand’ Pinot Noir, the foil to the ‘Right Hand’ made by Paddy, as she "fits the left brain thinking perfectly”!
There will not be a ‘Paddy Borthwick’ Pinot Noir from ‘Home’ block fruit for 2017, though the fruit was of a reasonably good standard. Paddy did not want to compromise his brand, so the Pinot Noir fruit went to his second label. Here, I review the new 2017 Paddy Borthwick ‘Falloon Block’ Pinot Noir, the fruit from this block faring better than the ‘Home’ block. It is mixed with some of the best fruit from the main Borthwick vineyard. www.borthwick.co.nz
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Paddy Borthwick ‘Falloon Block’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2017Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 15-May-2018Moderately deep, light ruby-red colour, paler on the edge with slight garnet hues. The nose is light and slender in presentation with lovely fragrant aromas of red cherry fruit and red florals, along with subtle notes of aromatic fresh herbs, revealing a little liquorice at the core. Medium-bodied, the palate has bright and fragrant flavours of red berry fruits and red florals along with nuances of spice, liquorice and herbs. The fruit possesses sweetness and is enlivened by bright, lacy acidity, forming a light line with subtle concentration. The fruit is supported by supple, fine-grained tannins, and the flavours carry to a lingering, fine-textured finish with raspberry and spice nuances. This is an elegant, sweet, red cherry fruited Pinot Noir with floral, liquorice and spice nuances on a palate with light grip and fresh mouthfeel. Serve with antipasto, pasta and poultry over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘Falloon Block’ and some from the ‘Borthwick’ vineyard, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 7 months in seasoned oak. 17.0+/20 May 2018 RRP $25.00