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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2020

Central Otago, New Zealand
16 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

This is a fun, fresh pour with lots of bright cherry notes on the nose and palate. Smooth and nicely balanced. Not overly complex but pleasant. Enjoy with burgers or pizza. Tasted 5 May 2022 thewineloverskitchen.com

Left Hand

Paddy Borthwick Left Hand Pinot Noir 2018

Waipara, New Zealand
16 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

Tart cherries float over forest notes of earthy mushrooms. Silky and balanced with a long finish. Enjoy with duck in cherry sauce. Tasted 5 May 2022 thewineloverskitchen.com

The Elder Pinot Noir 2016

Martinborough, New Zealand
16 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

This has settled in to a velvety, earthy pour with very fine ripe tannins. Fruit at this point is very subtle in favour of hints of mushroom and chocolate. Finish is respectably long. Enjoy with mushroom ragu or mole. Tasted 5 May 2022 thewineloverskitchen.com

Black Estate Netherwood Pinot Noir 2017

Waipara, North Canterbury, New Zealand
16 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

The nose here opens with wet chalky and black cherry, slightly medicinal, notes. Dried cherry emerge on the palate with hints of earthy smokiness. Very fine tannins. Enoy with duck or beef burgundy. Tasted 5 May 2022 thewineloverskitchen.com

Vineyard Ferment

Greystone Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir 2017

Waipara, New Zealand
16 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 93/100

Greystone has received Decanter's tophy for Pinot Noir of the year twice and winemaker Dom Maxwell has been awarded NZ winemaker of the year as well. Most recently the Vineyard Ferment Pinot Noir 2017 has made Robert Parker's Top 100 Wine Discoveries of 2020. This is an absolutely beautiful wine. The nose is fresh with wet stone, tons of dark plum and spice. The palate is fresh as well where the dark plum is joined by hints of forest floor and sandalwood tones. The finish is very long and satisfying, moving from fruit to distinctive cinnamon notes! This is tremendously satisfying on its own but would also shine beside a rack of lamb or your best beef tenderloin. Tasted 5 May 2022 thewineloverskitchen.com

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Memorable Wine

A Châteauneuf-du-Pape we had with dinner at Château des Fines Roches. I admit the ambiance probably had a lot to do with the 'memorable' part!

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First Wine

Probably Baby Duck but in all fairness it would have been at the kid's table at Christmas!

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Unusual Wine Experience

Exploring an organic Tuscan winery where there was literally inches of mould on the bottles.

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Current Fav Wine

Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux.....That is like asking a mother to choose their favourite child!

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