About This Wine
An intense nose showing floral aromatics, black cherries, plum and a touch of spice from the barrels providing a beautifully integrated wine. The front palate is layered with dark fruits, oriental spice and complex savoury flavours which support the fine grained tannins. The intensity of the front palate cascades into a lingering seamless finish. This is an intensely rich wine that will cellar until at least 2025.
Central Otago Wines
Central Otago is a unique wine region for New Zealand as it does not grow any of the country's famous Sauvignon Blanc but also unique globally for being the most southerly commercial wine region in the world. The region is famous for its fruity and full-bodied Pinot Noir with about ¾ of all vineyards in the region growing this grape variety. One of our favourite Pinot Noir regions here at World Wine.
Central Otago is the only region in New Zealand with a truly continental climate, with large daily and seasonal temperature extremes. At 300m in elevation, vineyards are protected from the cold ocean winds by high mountains reaching 3700m. The soils are also different to the rest of the country, with heavy deposits of rough-edged mica and other metamorphic schists in silt loams.
Historically, the subregion of Bannockburn has seen the most success. However, the region has seen significant growth in recent years and other sub regions are also flourishing.
The Wine Front – This is a barrel selection of estate pinot noir, the barrels most suited to extended time in oak. Bottled unfiltered after spending 16 months in those barrels. Sweet spice, sandalwood oak-like character, ripe pinot noir cherry-berry scents, mocha, wet earth and forest floor. Complex. The wine tastes powerful, ripe fruit character with heft, dusted with mocha and sweet spice, smothered in spicy, suede tannin, exiting with firmness and rich flavour. Full, bold pinot noir, done very well.