We’ve seen Loveblock‘s New Zealand-born pinot noir in the past — like, seven years ago — so it’s time for a refresh. Things, it seems, haven’t changed all that much (though the price has come down quite a bit).
Straightforward and mild, this wine has an initial edge of cherry and rhubarb, but things fade into the background as the wine spends even a moment in glass. Slightly punchy with herbal notes as it develops on the palate, elements of graphite and tar give the late game a tannic lift. Things are a bit tight on the finish, which is atypical for pinot noir but fairly common with New Zealand expressions. Plan accordingly.
B / $25 / loveblockwine.com