We have identified the best New Zealand Pinot Noir under £20 from the latest Decanter panel tasting...

These New Zealand Pinot Noir wines all achieved an average score of 90 points or more from Decanter’s expert panel tasters: Melanie Brown, Christine Parkinson and Philip Tuck MW.

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Philip Tuck MW believes that New Zealand makes the best Pinot Noir outside France.

‘It’s definitely the best New World producer at the moment, though there are other countries trying to catch up,’ said Christine Parkinson.

Best New Zealand Pinot Noir under £20

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Christine Parkinson said, ‘What makes New Zealand interesting is the combination of fruit purity, the delightful acidity thanks to a relatively cool climate, intelligent winemaking and moderate alcohol levels.’

When it comes to how and when to drink these wines, the panel felt that many of them need to be enjoyed within a few years of the vintage, perhaps with the exception of those from Martinborough.

Parkinson praised their suitability to food.

‘These aren’t fruit bombs – they are sophisticated wines that will stand up really well to food.

‘This is a marker of their quality and the potential the country still has with this variety.’

  • Read the full article in the September 2016 issue of Decanter magazine, featuring 116 wines and insights from the tasters

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