Jackpot! Cha-ching! Cha-ching!
That’s the sound of Gold (medals) and this absolute belter of a buy from Martinborough has not one, but two of ’em after taking Gold at both the New World Wine Awards (2017) and Royal Easter Wine Show (2018). Throw in a 5 Star review from local wine critic Sam Kim and you’re starting to get the picture.
Russian Jack was a sailor from Latvia (not quite Russia, but pretty close) who lived a nomadic life in the Wellington area for some 50 years. He was well known for carrying his life in sacks over his shoulder and was a keen fruit picker for vineyards in the region. He became something of a local legend which is why you’ll find a statue of Russian Jack there in Masterton.
Made by Martinborough Vineyards this is a Pinot that is jaw droppingly good for under twenty bucks. Medium bodied it’s got all the dark, savoury red berry and cherry fruit flavours and lovely supple tannins you expect in a good Pinot. Seriously, this would give some $25 Pinots a bloody good run for their money. Bargain.