About This Wine
Bright cherry and dark berry fruit emanate from this fresh, vibrant, lifted and fragrant wine. There is some subtle spice and brooding complexity but it’s wrapped in a cloak of fruit. The palate is deep but compact, with generous fruit on a strong-boned frame. Clean and vibrant with cherries and red berries. There's some tannin about the entry but pillowy fruit on the mid palate. Spritely acidity balances well with the tannin backbone. It’s smooth yet tactile enough to give defined structure. Length and persistence, silky to the end. This wine is generous and drinkable but will grow in complexity with time.
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 – Central Otago pinot noir from various blocks of the Winter Vineyard. This wine is not to be confused with the specific Charteris The Winter Vineyard release. It feels just a little more serious, a little more structured than previous releases. It’s still a ripper wine to drink. Neat, fresh, composed, varietal; all those good things. Forest berries, spice, cloves and a snappedtwig element. Juicy. It’s in a really good place. The wine’s smoky, foresty heart is most appealing.
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