About This Wine
A wonderful textural element on the palate that is reflective of an Alsatian style while retaining a clean acidity that is a hallmark of the windblown glacial soils on the Cairnmuir terraces in Bannockburn. Subtle blossom aromas with flavours of white nectarine close to the stone are evident. A lovely structural white wine that sits nicely in the glass, perfect as a late afternoon aperitif.
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 – About 60% is fermented in barrel. Unusual move for gris, but hey, Francis Hutt ain’t no regular winemaker. Deep thinker, pushing boundaries, working with organic, estate fruit. Fruity, fun-lovin perfume – floral, brown pear, candied peel scents. Slippery, cool. Brown pear, lean white fruit flavours, slick, fine, then long through a gently sweet finish. Has a light, brown pear skinsy character too. Complexity in the wine, yet flavour town. Lots to like here.
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