We’ve recently been asked about pairing Two Tails Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 with chocolate.
Separately they’re pretty much two of our favourite things… But would they work together? As you can imagine it was a hard job conducting this research, but Russell and I worked tirelessly on the project and we’re pleased to bring you the results from our investigations.
We chose Lindt chocolate, to conduct our “analysis” buying several types with different percentages of cocoa content, as you can see from the photo this was serious business, pen and paper for note taking; plus the cheese platter… Russell’s back up plan! He was never entirely convinced by the idea…
Lindt Lindor Milk – 31% Cocoa
We found that this creamy chocolate brought out the more herbal characteristics in the wine.
Lindt Lindor Extra Dark – 60%
The delicious caramel/toffee flavours in the chocolate brought out the toasty oak characteristics in the wine.
Lindt Excellence Dark – 70%
There was a slight bitterness in the chocolate, this together with the fruity characteristics of the wine, left us with a good chocolatey aftertaste; of all the combinations this was our preferred.
Lindt Excellence Extra Dark – 85%
A dry and tannic chocolate, combined with the wine’s fruitiness, left us with a very dry finish.
Lindt Excellence Supreme Dark – 90%
We found this chocolate very bitter and drying, the wine was a lamb in comparison, very soft and succulent. Not a good mix!
It’s a thumbs down from us, I’m afraid… Save your Two Tails Marlborough Pinot Noir for the cheese board, (I hate it when Russell’s right!) Blue cheeses and vintage cheddars pair well. If you’re serving this wine with your main course; lamb, duck or a mild chorizo are classic meat partners especially when served with root vegetables and a red wine reduction.
Buy your 2014 Two Tails Marlborough Pinot Noir HERE