Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
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.
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. 92 points. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front October 2017
James Halliday – Clear, bright crimson-purple, this is wondrously fragrant, with truly beautiful red and black cherry riddled with spice. Power without excess baggage, not the Central sledgehammer style, despite 30 days on skins. 14% alc; screwcap. Drink to 2025.
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