About This Wine

"The finest New World Pinot Noir I have tasted." - Ray Jordan

This North Otago Pinot will attract anyone who loves a rich and deep Pinot Noir. Dark cherry, spice, and a depth that is sure to sway any shiraz drinker.

This is the latest in a long line of trophy-hauling pinot, Ostler’s top rung of North Otago greatness. Ostler were one of the trailblazers of NZ’s newest wine region, and the results have paid for themselves over and again. Their pinot is sought after and distinctive, in a more Alsatian style than you’d find in neighbouring regions.

So much concentration and perfectly ripe, but without the overt scaffold of charry oak in many a Kiwi pinot noir. In September 2017, Huon Hooke said “A gorgeous, elegant but profound pinot that will do much to cement the reputation of this budding region.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country New Zealand
Region North Otago
Appellation Waitaki Valley
Brand Ostler
Vintage 2016

World Wine – "In less than 20 years Jim Jerram's Ostler wines from the Waitaki Valley on New Zealand's South Island has emerged as one of the shining lights of the country's wine industry. Jerram has been a regular visitor to WA, with his Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris gaining a strong following. But just recently he brought something extra special - his Caroline's Pinot Noir 2016, the finest New World Pinot Noir I have tasted. Second year of El Nino and it gave a good fruit set. The berries were very small and perfectly formed, providing great intensity and depth. Beautiful aromatics and the palate is sublime. Powerful and intense, with a subtle elegance. Wonderful fruit with fine chalky tannins and perfectly integrated oak. It was 20 per cent wholebunch fermented, which has given it structure. Power and precision, with great length, depth and intensity." 98 Points - Ray Jordan


Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – The medium to full-bodied 2016 Caroline's Pinot Noir features ripe notes of cola, plum and black cherry but also fresh floral elements of rose petals and hints of thyme. The tannins are supple up front, then turn dustier on the finish, where subtle spice shadings appear and linger. This is as convincing an argument I've tasted for this little-known portion of Otago. Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate


Huon Hooke – Deep, bright purple/red colour, much more saturated colour than earlier Ostler pinots. The aroma is fresh and bright, with loads of black plum and black cherry flavours and aromas. There is a higher level of concentration here, with excellent ripeness and textbook fruit character. Oak is very background: the fruit does the talking. But the wine is very young and demands a little extra time for best results. Intense fruit with firm but measured tannins, and a long, harmonious carry. A gorgeous, elegant but profound pinot that will do much to cement the reputation of this budding region. Huon Hooke - The Real Review

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