Carrick Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

April 29, 2021By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $45 This bolshy, bold, Bannockburn Pinot Noir is rockin’ and ready for action. A touch rough around the edges, medicinal, peppery, roast cherry and rhubarb-induced astringency and herbaceousness. There’s a hefty whack of spice, a slightly feral, funky texture and it’s very much a puppy that needs time … Read More

Carrick Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2020

April 29, 2021By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 $28 If you’re expecting something soft and fruity then you’ll need to pull the rope and hop off the bus because this organically crafted, crunchy-fresh Pinot Noir-based rosé is raspingly dry and laced with the kind of minerality you’d get should you opt to lick freshly crushed … Read More

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

February 18, 2021By Yvonne

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $40 Sourced from two vineyards in Bannockburn, their Defiance site on Felton Rd and their Domain Road site, the grapes are lovingly watched over by Fiona Johnson before being handpicked, destemmed into stainless steel, fermented then aged in French oak barriques (30% new) for around 10 months. The … Read More

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2020

February 1, 2021By Yvonne

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2020 $27 Grown on Graeme Crosbie’s ‘Defiance’ vineyard on Felton Road, this shiny new Pinot Gris is explosively fresh, frisky and fanging with flavour. Think white peach, Golden Delicious apples, quince and nashi niceness on the nose and palate and a clean, crunchy finish that’s like a luscious … Read More

Bald Hills Last Light Single Vineyard Central Otago Riesling 2018

November 23, 2020By Yvonne

$28 If winemaker Pete Bartle ever makes a riesling that isn’t exceptionally balanced and beautiful then I want to know about it. Sourced from a single hectare of vines grown in the Bald Hills Bannockburn site that are planted in such a way as to soak up the very last rays of the late afternoon … Read More

Bald Hills 3 Acres Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

November 1, 2020By Yvonne

Bald Hills 3 Acres Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $32 Well if this isn’t just the prettiest, ruby-hued thing to sip! Bannockburn is basically a desert, a dry, beautifully alien, rocky moonscape of a place, so if you’ve ever been there, you’ll completely understand why this vineyard is named Bald Hills. With a nose … Read More

Bald Hills Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

June 29, 2020By Yvonne

Bald Hills Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $46 Aged in 33% new French oak for 12 months, this incredibly floral, fruit saturated pinot noir creates an immediate impression and brings the grins from the first sip.  Youthful and buoyant and bursting with wild cherry, smoked spices and silky textures.  It possesses a lift … Read More

The Bald Hills 3 Acres Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

June 21, 2020By Yvonne

The Bald Hills 3 Acres Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $32 Brand new on the market, this raspberry, rhubarb, herb and cherry-centric pinot noir from Bannockburn (where the hills are so dry and dusty they’re practically ‘bald’) is lush, plush and all things ‘ush’ on the nose and palate.  Fresh, juicy and showing highly skilled … Read More

Domain Road The Water Race Central Otago Dry Riesling 2018

June 11, 2020By Yvonne

Domain Road The Water Race Central Otago Dry Riesling 2018 $27 Great dry riesling should have an immediate flinty, limey, green apple impact on the nose and a tidal wave of crunchy, zesty acidity and lemon-lime layers. This super-juicy new release from Graeme and Jill Crosbie is actually named after the ubiquitous water races that … Read More

Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

March 25, 2020By Yvonne

Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $49.50 The tiny, 3ha, organically-farmed Doctor’s Flat site in Bannockburn is composed of deep gravels laid down by receding glaciers 480,000 years ago. Shepherded into the bottle by winemaker/owner Steve Davies since the mid-2000s, in 2016, 27% of the hand-harvested fruit was popped into the tank as intact … Read More