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Central Otago Pinot Noir

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Immerse yourself in the depth and complexity of Central Otago Pinot Noir, directly from New Zealand's most renowned region for this elegant varietal. Our collection features hand-selected Pinot Noirs, celebrated for their vibrant fruit flavors and silky tannins. Explore and shop our selection to experience the exquisite balance and delicate aromatics that Central Otago Pinot Noir has to offer. Perfect for enhancing any wine collection or dinner occasion.

Immerse yourself in the depth and complexity of Central Otago Pinot Noir, directly from New Zealand's most renowned region for this elegant varietal. Our collection features hand-selected Pinot Noirs, celebrated for their vibrant fruit flavors and silky tannins. Explore and shop our selection to experience the exquisite balance and delicate aromatics that Central Otago Pinot Noir has to offer. Perfect for enhancing any wine collection or dinner occasion.
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  • Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2020

    $99.99
    or $94.99 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir 2022

    $54.98
    or $52.23 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Nanny Goat Pinot Noir 2022

    $45.82
    or $41.82 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Valli Vineyards Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

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    $84.97
    or $80.72 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2022

    $61.69
    or $58.61 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2022

    $37.43
    or $35.56 in case of 12 bottles.
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  • Nanny Goat Vineyard 'Super Nanny' Pinot Noir 2021

    $85.98
    or $81.68 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Two Paddocks Picnic by Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2022

    $43.32
    or $41.15 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2022

    $63.32
    or $60.15 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Burn Cottage Vineyard 'Moonlight Race' Pinot Noir 2021

    $69.98
    or $66.49 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Mt Difficulty Mansons Farm Pinot Noir Bannockburn 2016

    $106.47
    or $101.15 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2019

    $50.73
    or $48.19 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Valli Vineyards Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

    $84.97
    or $80.72 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Te Kano Estate Pinot Noir 2019

    $59.99
    or $56.99 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Maude Pinot Noir 2022

    $43.66
    or $41.48 in case of 12 bottles.
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  • Valli Vineyards Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir (screw cap) 2020

    $84.99
    or $80.74 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Te Kano Estate 'Kin' Pinot Noir 2020

    $30.83
    or $29.29 in case of 12 bottles.
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  • Nanny Goat Queensberry' Pinot Noir 2022

    $63.32
    or $60.15 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Lowburn Ferry Home Block' Pinot Noir 2019

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    $87.99
    or $83.59 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Quartz Reef 'Bendigo Estate' Pinot Noir (limited) 2020

    $109.71
    or $104.22 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Pyramid Valley Snake's Tongue Pinot Noir 2021

    $166.47
    or $158.15 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Pyramid Valley Central Otago Manata Pinot Noir 2021

    $86.57
    or $82.24 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Blank Canvas Pinot Noir ‘Anthem’ MAGNUM 2019

    $138.43
    or $131.51 in case of 6 bottles.
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  • Burn Cottage Vineyard ‘Sauvage Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2019

    $85.98
    or $81.68 in case of 6 bottles.
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Central Otago Pinot Noir is distinctive due to its origin in the southernmost wine-growing region in the world, characterized by a semi-continental climate with some of the most extreme temperature variations in New Zealand. This unique climate, along with the region’s schist-based soils, imparts a particular intensity and complexity to Central Otago Pinot Noir is distinctive due to its origin in the southernmost wine-growing region in the world, characterized by a semi-continental climate with some of the most extreme temperature variations in New Zealand. This unique climate, along with the region’s schist-based soils, imparts a particular intensity and complexity to the Pinot Noir grapes grown here. The wines from Central Otago are noted for their depth and intensity of flavor, with a typical profile that includes dark cherry, plum, and thyme, complemented by a notable minerality and smooth, velvety tannins. The region’s winemakers often employ careful aging processes, using both new and old French oak to subtly enhance the wine’s structure and flavor profile without overpowering the natural fruit nuances. Central Otago has garnered a prestigious reputation for producing Pinot Noir that is not only powerfully expressive but also beautifully balanced, making it a favorite among both critics and enthusiasts. The dedication to quality and the expressive characteristics of the wines reflect the passion and meticulousness of the vintners in this unique terroir. read more... less

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes wines from Central Otago Pinot Noir special?

Central Otago Pinot Noir is special due to its unique terroir and the extreme climatic conditions where it is cultivated. Located in the southernmost part of New Zealand, Central Otago experiences significant diurnal temperature shifts, which contribute to the development of Pinot Noir grapes with high concentrations of flavor and balanced acidity. The region’s soils are predominantly schist and sandy loam, providing excellent drainage and contributing mineral complexity to the wines. This combination of cool climate and challenging growing conditions forces the vines to work harder, resulting in grapes that are smaller and more concentrated in flavor. Winemakers in Central Otago take full advantage of these conditions, producing Pinot Noir wines that are intense yet balanced, with a distinct purity of fruit that reflects the unspoiled nature of the landscape. These wines are known for their vivid expressions of red and dark fruits, fine tannins, and a lingering finish that often carries a hint of spice or herbaceous elements. The unique character of Central Otago Pinot Noir has not only earned it critical acclaim but also a devoted following among wine enthusiasts worldwide.

What are the most popular Central Otago Pinot Noir wines?

Among the most popular Central Otago Pinot Noir wines are those produced by wineries that have mastered the art of expressing the distinct regional characteristics. Notable names include Felton Road, Rippon, and Mt. Difficulty, each known for their exceptional Pinot Noirs that consistently receive high praise from wine critics and enthusiasts. Felton Road, in particular, is highly regarded for its biodynamic farming practices and its focus on minimal intervention winemaking. Its Pinot Noirs are celebrated for their complexity, elegance, and the way they capture the essence of their specific vineyard sites. Rippon, located on the shores of Lake Wanaka, produces Pinot Noir that is famed for its purity and depth, influenced by some of the oldest vines in the region. Mt. Difficulty’s wines showcase the rugged terrain of the Bannockburn area, offering richly textured Pinot Noirs known for their structured and concentrated flavors.

What are the best Central Otago Pinot Noir wines?

The best Central Otago Pinot Noir wines are often those that not only reflect the region’s exceptional terroir but also demonstrate the winemakers' skill in harnessing this potential. Wines from producers like Felton Road, especially their Block 5 Pinot Noir, are highly coveted for their ability to age gracefully while maintaining their fruit integrity and complexity. Another standout is the Two Paddocks Pinot Noir, which is a boutique label owned by actor Sam Neill, celebrated for its layered aromatic profile and silky texture. Additionally, the Pinot Noir from Gibbston Valley, one of the area's pioneering wineries, consistently ranks among the top due to its depth, structure, and longevity. These wines exemplify the best of what Central Otago can produce, offering a remarkable combination of intensity, complexity, and elegance that makes them highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs alike.