Chard Farm 2012/13 Tiger & Viper Pinot Noirs
Winery : Chard Farm
Chard Farm owner Rob Hay speaks of his winemaker's deft hand in nurturing some of the most beguiling wines of Central Otago - 'That John Wallace, he's not into power winemaking.' These pinots challenge the perception that Central Otago is all about force and concentration. Chard Farm has its cellar door in Gibbston but draws fruit from vineyards in 'warmer' Parkburn and Lowburn (Cromwell Basin).
2012/13 Chard Farm The Viper Pinot Noir (Parkburn): Vineyard notes: 'This vineyard sits on an undulating terrace above the valley floor. The soils are predominantly silt loam over schist gravel. The terrace enjoys moderate temperatures and a long growing season. Ripening tends to be late into the season as the daytime temperatures are cooling. The cooler ripening tends to produce spicy wines with dark fruit flavours and density on the palate. The Viper is always made from the Grandstand and North blocks within the vineyard, and the wines always standout as uniquely in the cellar as they do in the bottle.'
2013 Chard Farm The Tiger Pinot Noir (Lowburn): Medium density with gently persistent flavours that build and build - a true 'peacock's tail'. Small berry fruits dominate and there's lots of exotic spice and superbly fine tannins. And, as we know, it all happens in the vineyard so if you wanted evidence that The Tiger site is a pretty special place, ponder my comments on a bottle of 2002 generously opened by Chard Farm owner Rob Hay on the last evening of the 2014 Central Otago Pinot Celebration '.... turned out to be pretty much the wine of the event - the bold concentration of that other defining vintage (2002) morphing into charm and elegance, and still looking fresh as a daisy, twelve years later. A revelation and perfect finale.'