Paddy Borthwick 2014 Pinot Gris, and 2011 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs

29-Apr-2015
Paddy Borthwick is one of the Wairarapa’s most experienced winemakers having completed 35 vintages. He and his assistant winemaker Braden Crosby, who have worked together for 11 years make a very strong and consistent range of wines from the Borthwick family’s 27 ha vineyard in Gladstone. The wines are fine examples of Wairarapa and New Zealand wines that have found considerable favour in export markets, as well as domestically. Here I review the new release 2014 Pinot Gris, and also two more individual Pinot Noir wines from the 2011 vintage, a ‘Left Hand’ and a ‘Right Hand’ wine, these expressing the different personalities of the winemakers. The left-handed winemaker is Braden, who is "logical, creative and precise”, and the right-handed winemaker is Paddy, who is "intuitive, impulsive and thoughtful”. It was recently announced that Braden will be leaving Borthwick Vineyard soon, so left-handed winemakers only need apply for the position! www.borthwick.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Paddy Borthwick Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2014
  • Paddy Borthwick ‘Left Hand’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2011
  • Paddy Borthwick ‘Right Hand’ Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2011

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