Urlar is a new biodynamic winery set up by a Scottish family in a new wine producing region in New Zealand's North Island. Gladstone (not far from Martinborough) was chosen because of its rugged, untouched beauty but, more importantly, it has the potential to produce world class wines there. And on a tasting of the wines at a recent dinner with Angus, the owner, they're doing a lot of things right.
This, the first vintage of their Pinot Noir, is an excellent start and showcases the real potential of the region. A stunning nose of plum, bramble fruit and dark cherry with subtle oaky notes leads into a beautifully textured palate. There's quite a bit going on - plum, blackberry, raspberry, a touch of clove spice, a bit of truffle, well integrated creamy oak, very fine tannins and nice acidity, as well as a good finish. Whilst not quite the finished article yet, this is still a lovely wine and something to follow over subsequent vintages.
SC Rating - VERY GOOD / OUTSTANDING (Mike)