SOHO 2016 ‘Havana’ and McQueen’ Pinot Noirs


Rachael Carter of SOHO Wines is aware of the strengths of each of this country’s winegrowing regions, and which varieties and styles of wine perform best in each district. Her family vineyard holdings are on Waiheke Island and in Marlborough; the former closest to home, and the latter where production can be greater with a broader range possible. However, Rachael also sources fruit and wines from other areas where she has strong contacts, such as Central Otago. Pinot Noir is a most significant variety for SOHO, and the premium bottlings are the ‘Havana’ from Marlborough, made by up-and coming star Dave Clouston, and the ‘McQueen’ from Central Otago, made by Grant Taylor, arguably the most experienced winemaker there. The two wines are classical expressions of the variety. Here, I review the new 2016 releases. www.sohowineco.com


  • SOHO ‘Havana’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • SOHO ‘McQueen’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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