Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Jan 31, 2011 Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2007 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestCentral Otago, South Island, New Zealand $25-29 available at BC Liquor Stores & select private liquor stores +687616 www.rabbitranch.co.nzFebruary 3 is the beginning of Chinese New Year, and 2011 rings in the Year of the Rabbit. The Rabbit (or Hare) is a symbol of tact and diplomacy, the long-eared creature being both placid and astute. The Rabbit is associated with good luck, longevity and the accumulation of wealth.And rabbits play an integral part in this New Zealand Pinot Noir (not just on the label). This site in Central Otago was once a sheep station, but the rampant local rabbit population overcrowded the sheep, ate up all the high altitude vegetation, and drove the sheep off the land. Though there were various attempts to rid the rabbits, the smart furballs persevered, and remain there today, hopping free amidst the vines (rumoured to be ‘Powered by Pinot’). Rabbit Ranch is a collaborative venture, formed by a group of vineyards that were all individually once part of the sheep station, and now banded together to form Rabbit Ranch.Cooler climate Central Otago has proven itself a stellar site for Pinot Noir. This is a bright and balanced, easy to enjoy example. Savoury spice and fragrant dark cherry perfume, with fresh cherry, salty minerality and holiday herbal/spice flavours. Higher acid, soft tannins and sweet smoky vanilla on the finish makes this a pleasure to drink (though I’d say it’s a smidge overpriced at mid-20s). I’d partner with thyme roasted poultry, or (fittingly? aptly? shockingly?), rabbit casserole with mushrooms, shallots, white beans, sage and thyme.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsRabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2007Cooler climate Central Otago has proven itself a stellar site for Pinot Noir. This is a bright and balanced, easy to enjoy example. Savoury spice and fragrant dark cherry perfume, with fresh cherry, salty minerality and holiday herbal/spice flavours. Higher acid, soft tannins and sweet smoky vanilla on the finish makes this a pleasure to drink. I’d partner with thyme roasted poultry, or rabbit casserole.New ZealandPinot NoirRed WineWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Comments are closed.