Wine for the weekend — Jackson Estate "Vintage Widow" Pinot Noir 2008 Marlborough

"Pinot noir is the blind date of wine. You never quite know what you're going to get. Sometimes this thin-skinned, capricious grape variety can pull out all the stops and provide a taste sensation you'll remember for years after.” So wrote Antony Quinn in a column for Esquire. Perhaps it’s just that we’ve been on better blind dates than Quinn, but we tend to think of pinot noir as a grape variety that delivers pretty consistently.

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And that is exactly what this number from Marlborough, New Zealand, will do. Jackson Estate’s mature, cool-climate vineyards produce a well-balanced and sophisticated drop. It’s approachable, juicy, spicy, delicious drinking, which would be the perfect partner to duck. £19 at Majestic