Central Otago Pinot Sample Pack
Winery : Various
New Zealand's Central Otago region comprises several sub-regions, all of which bestow particular style characteristics in the wines. Gibbston is noted for plummy flavours and structure; the wines of Cromwell basin and Wanaka are sweetly scented and openly textured; Bannockburn pinots show exceptional harmony and balance; Alexandra at 46S is famous for brilliant aromatics; and Bendigo with its elevated barren slopes, produces powerful pinots of depth.
2018 Two Degrees Pinot Noir: Typically, of the pinots from Wanaka and Clutha, the bouquet is immediately appealing with, sweetly perfumed fruit in the ripe dark raspberry and cherry spectrum. Two Degrees Pinot shows excellent clarity of fruit and is always divinely silky in the mouth. Sarah-Kate Dineen of Maude makes the wine.
2017 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir: Biodynamic producer in Bendigo region. Quartz Reef Pinots are powerful and savoury wines with great longevity. Intense cherry and berry aromas. Rich on the palate with dark cherry, subtle floral and herbaceous notes. Michael Cooper 5 stars, 'Classic Status'.
2017 Peregrine Pinot Noir: TROPHY Champion Organic Red Wine, 2019 NZ Wine of the Year Awards Central Otago classic from an excellent vintage. Bendigo fruit to the fore, adding bold flavours to Peregrine's characteristic fleshiness. Dark cherry fruits and mulberry with dark chocolate.
2017/18 Charteris Pinot Noir: From the upper slopes of Bannockburn region. Brilliant colour, aromas of sweet cherry and szechuan pepper smoke. Cola, earthy and plush sweet red fruits in the mouth. 36% whole bunch, no filtering.
2018 Rua by Akarua Pinot Noir: Made by Akarua, a SIX NATIONS finalist, from fruit of their Central Otago estates including Bannockburn and Lowburn. Juicy red berry fruits, florals and spices. Modest oak influence serves to lightly frame the fruit. Supple and smooth on the finish.
2018 Chard Farm Mata-Au Pinot Noir: Chard Farm, although based in a most spectacular Gibbston location, uses estate-grown Lowburn/Parkburn fruit from the Cromwell Basin for Mata-Au Pinot. This area produces elegant, softly structured pinot in contrast to the concentration and firm backbone of Gibbston. This is a finely-stated Central Otago pinot - medium-weight, spicy, textured, savoury.