EXTRA SPECIAL MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR, 2016
Red cherry and raspberry layered with woodsmoke and spun sugar make this perky pinot great value. Goat can handle a surprisingly wide range of red wines – especially cabernet sauvignon, more syrah or even malbec, particularly when the meat’s been slung onto a barbecue – but here I’ve opted for the more elegant tones of pinot noir. Asda’s Yarra Valley pinot from Australia has been a mainstay of Scottish Field’s wines for Christmas for years, but this vintage of the Marlborough pinot from New Zealand makes me want to swap Antipodean island. It’s got enough tannin and acidity to sit alongside the goat – and plenty of fruit for balance.