It’s not a state in the USA made by a tobacco giant – but it is one of the household wine names in this country with bottles under the Montana name sitting on shelves since the 1940s when the first bottle was produced from vineyards in west Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges.
Formerly known as Montana Wines up until the early 2000s when they had a name change to Brancott Estate – to avoid confusion with same name US state (Montana) and even confusion with the cigarette smoking cowboy (Marlboro).
These days the Montana name is only seen on New Zealand shelves and this Montana Reserve Pinot Noir from the 2017 vintage was produced using fruit from the Waipara in north Canterbury.
For the money, this is some really good, tasty Pinot and to be fair could easily be sold for more around the $20 mark. Don’t take our word for it, it won a Gold medal at the NZ International Wine Show and was recommended in NZ Listener magazine, with writer Michael Cooper saying “Looking for a good, affordable Pinot Noir? This ruby hued north Canterbury red is mouthfilling, with good depth of ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, showing some savoury complexity and a smooth finish.”