Central Otago, 2018

Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world, located at a latitude of 45 degrees south, on New Zealand’s south island. A spectacular landscape makes the region one of the most scenic wine regions if not in the world then certainly in New Zealand. Central to the region is the tourist destination of Queenstown, which is a great base to make wine trips from.

Heavy mineral deposits in silt loams are typical for the soils in Central Otago, but is unlike any other region in New Zealand. The Otago region is the countries only ‘continental’ wine growing region.

Pinot Noir is the flagship red varietal, which is very well suited to the regions large diurnal shifts (a large diurnal shift means a big difference between low and high temperatures) and also the regions long, cool and dry autumn. The Pinot Noirs coming out of the Otago region are most often fragrant, lush Pinot Noirs with silky textures and true fruit intensity.

Aromatic whites also thrive, in particular Riesling where anything from bone-dry to very sweet can be made. Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and lesser amounts of Chardonnay is also made to a very high quality. Central Otago is in Jancis Robinson’s top five New World wine producing regions.
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  1. Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018
    Medium purple with pink hues. Bright cherry, violets and red current on the nose with touches of cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Sweet spice entry with red cherries, raspberries and a supple, savoury mid palate. Nice fine-grained tannins, complex palate with ... Learn More
  2. Rippon Riesling Mature Vines 2018
    A warm & productive summer put plenty of flesh on this wine. The fruit is issued from Rippon’s mature vines, whose root hairs have invaded the schist rock below. Lurking towards the end of the first mouthful is substantial phenolic ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  3. Prophet's Rock Home Pinot Noir 2018
    The foundation of this wine is our focus on delivering low-yielding concentrated fruit that expresses our vineyard. In the winery, we employ traditional old world techniques; the grapes are handled gently and the wines are fermented using only the indigenous ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  4. Rippon 'Emma's Block' Pinot Noir 2018
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. Vintage 2018 was the warmest year ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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