Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Wild Rock Cupid's Arrow Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 Wine Review (NW)
Fragrant strawberry and a touch of ruby red grapefruit on the nose
Light to medium bodied on the palate
Bright, clean finish of raspberry and spice
Central Otago is the region that's defining New Zealand Pinot Noir. Some of my favorite wines from this beautiful place are now $50 or more, so I'm constantly looking for lower priced offerings that deliver the characteristics that have put this region on the wine map.
Wild Rock has a winner with their Cupid's Arrow Pinot Noir. It has a fragrant nose and is relatively light and clean on the finish, showing some spicy fruit and good acidity. Overally, not a real complex wine but certainly enjoyable and easy to drink. Interestingly, I finished the last glass from this bottle a day later and it was a bit more complex and nuanced which is unusual for most wines.
According to the wine merchant where I found this, the retail price is around $18. I got a great sale price of $9 and went back for more. I recommend this wine as a good value expression of the Central Otago Pinot Noir that has won a lot of fans. Raise a glass!