For years now wine lovers have recognized New Zealand as the home of unique, well made Sauvignon Blanc. In the last few years they have also emerged as producers of well made Pinot Noir. Culley's 2006 Pinot Noir is made in a Burgundian style.
Classic Pinot characteristics of sour cherry and cola are balanced by firm but not overwhelming acidity. This Pinot has a nice finish that lingers on the tongue for quite awhile.
This is a medium bodied wine that will marry well with a wide range of cuisine and is also incredibly easy to drink on it's own.
It will likely drink well for a couple of years if cellared properly. However I wouldn't expect it to improve much if at all.
Pinot Noir is amongst the most difficult wines to find a true bargain on. Coming in at around $12 a bottle the Culley certainly qualifies.