Central Otago, Tasmania

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.
Apart from being the most southerly wine region in Australia, Tasmania has among the coolest growing subregions with the potential to make distinctly different wines than in the rest of the country.

Most well known for cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (thus sparkling too), Sauvignon Blanc smaller plantings of Riesling, Cabernet and Pinot Gris (more commonly Pinot labelled Pinot Grigio)

Historically, Tasmania can lay claim to being the founder of both the Victorian and South Australian wine industries as William Henty sailed from Launceston to Portland (in Victoria) in 1834 and planted grape cuttings there. Though not conclusively proven, it's believed that John Hack planted vines in South Australia in 1837, closely followed in 1838 by John Reynell.

Warmer vintages (possibly attributable to global warming) has had positive effects on region's industry, allowing grapes in recent vintages to achieve full phenolic ripeness, making for vibrant wines that have been widely accepted as world class.
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  1. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2020
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
  2. Josef Chromy 'Pepik' Pinot Noir 2019
    Brimming with aromas of raspberry and red mulberry, with hints of dark cherry, complex spice and smoky undertones. Washes over the palate with bright red cherries, raspberry and subtle, juicy tannin. 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir. Drink now to 2021. ... Learn More
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  3. Mt Difficulty 'Roaring Meg' Pinot Gris 2020
    The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards in Central Otago’s Cromwell basin. This wine displays delicious very ripe Pinot Gris aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of rock melon, pineapple and stonefruit nice detail is added ... Learn More
  4. Frogmore Creek Riesling 2018
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. ... Learn More
  5. Mt Difficulty 'Roaring Meg' Pinot Gris 2019
    The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards in Central Otago’s Cromwell basin. This wine displays delicious very ripe Pinot Gris aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of rock melon, pineapple and stonefruit nice detail is added ... Learn More
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  6. Frogmore Creek Riesling 2017
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. ... Learn More
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  7. Rockburn Devil'S Staircase Pinot Noir 2018
    Devil’s Staircase wines are inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Sourced from several Central Otago vineyards, the Devil’s Staircase Pinot Noir has aromas of black Doris plums, blueberries ... Learn More
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  8. Frogmore Creek 'Fgr' Riesling 2018
    These slowly-ripened grapes develop pure fruit flavours, fresh natural acidity and are perfect for making seriously good wines. Very floral aromas dominated by honeysuckle. The Palate has good balanced sugar, acid with fresh lime flavours. FGR is a wine acronym ... Learn More
  9. Mt Difficulty 'Roaring Meg' Pinot Gris 2018
    The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards in Central Otago’s Cromwell basin. This wine displays delicious very ripe Pinot Gris aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of rock melon, pineapple and stonefruit nice detail is added ... Learn More
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  10. Rockburn Devil'S Staircase Pinot Gris 2020
    Inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and sourced from Rockburn’s Central Otago vineyards, the Devil’s Staircase Pinot Gris takes the willing down into the realm of decadence and ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  11. Rockburn Devil'S Staircase Pinot Noir 2019
    Devil’s Staircase wines are inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Sourced from several Central Otago vineyards, the Devil’s Staircase Pinot Noir has aromas of black Doris plums, blueberries ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  12. Frogmore Creek Fumé Blanc 2017
    This Tasmanian delight is a tropical cocktail of flavours. An oaky style, it has sweet aromas of melon, pineapple and lifted herbs followed by candied lemon flavours. It’s well balanced, nutty and light with fantastic acidity and length. Try ... Learn More
  13. Holm Oak Riesling 2021
    The 2021 Riesling is a fine and delicate wine with lovely aromatics and a minerally/slatey palate. The nose displays aromas of lime leaf and jasmine with some spiced apple characters, whilst the palate shows mineral characteristics with fantastic fruit purity ... Learn More
    Holm Oak Riesling 2021
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  14. Holm Oak Riesling 2020
    The 2019 Riesling is a fine and delicate wine with lovely aromatics and a minerally/slatey palate. The nose displays aromas of lime leaf and jasmine with some spiced apple characters, whilst the palate shows mineral characteristics with fantastic fruit purity ... Learn More
    Holm Oak Riesling 2020
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    James Halliday
  15. Holm Oak Riesling 2019
    The 2019 Riesling is a fine and delicate wine with lovely aromatics and a minerally/slatey palate. The nose displays aromas of lime leaf and jasmine with some spiced apple characters, whilst the palate shows mineral characteristics with fantastic fruit purity ... Learn More
    Holm Oak Riesling 2019
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    James Halliday
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  16. Chard Farm Pinot Gris 2019
    Floral and pear aromas with fig and date dried fruits leading to nice nutty notes in the background. The fresh pear and floral flavours highlight a lively and textured mid palate, before a dry saline tone brings back the nutty ... Learn More
  17. Akarua Pinot Noir 'Rouge' 2020
    “An early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ageing and complex winemaking. We like to enjoy ... Learn More
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  18. Akarua Pinot Noir 'Rouge' 2019
    “An early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ageing and complex winemaking. We like to enjoy ... Learn More
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  19. Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2020
    Fresh and creamy, this delicious Tasmanian Chardonnay has tasty floral and lightly toasted nut aromas all balanced by subtle oak and minerality. It’s lush and creamy with nectarine, peach and citrus flavours and zippy acidity. Cellar it for 2+ years ... Learn More
  20. Ministry Of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 2019
    FROM MINISTRY OF CLOUDS: How do you capture the timelessness of San Sebastian’s pinchos bars and their delectable morsels of deliciousness? Our desire to create a wine that embodied this experience but equally at home gracing our tables of ... Learn More
  21. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2020
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as a slightly more ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  22. Anthem Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
    Well balanced and aged Reserve Pinot Noir from Central Otago ... Learn More
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  23. Hughes & Hughes Riesling 2020
    Hughes & Hughes is a joint venture between Jonny and Matt Hughes, two Tasmanian born wine-heads. Matt works the grapes, Jonny makes the wines, taking what he learnt from seven years as assistant winemaker at Moorilla and re-imagining it for his ... Learn More
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  24. Frogmore Creek Chardonnay 2018
    Fresh and creamy, this delicious Tasmanian Chardonnay has tasty floral and lightly toasted nut aromas all balanced by subtle oak and minerality. It’s lush and creamy with nectarine, peach and citrus flavours and zippy acidity. Cellar it for 2+ years ... Learn More
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  25. Josef Chromy Botrytis Riesling 2017 (375Ml)
    Spiced lemon, sweet blood orange and preserved peach flavours meld seamlessly with classic Riesling talc and subtle Botrytis characters and natural cool climate acidity to create a wine of complexity, structure and length. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  26. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as a slightly more ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  27. Mania Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Mania allows Jim Chatto to broaden his Tasmanian winemaking outside the Huon Valley, leveraging friendships built over the years to source parcels of fruit from small growers across the state. The Mania Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are a slightly more ... Learn More
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  28. Spring Vale Freycinet Coast Melrose Chardonnay 2020
    Very crisp and bright. Lovely wine and very refreshing. - Huon Hooke Spring Vale is a small 5th generation family owned vineyard since 1875, located in Cranbrook on Tasmania's stunning Freycinet Coast. Balances pristine fruit with vibrant acidity. The nose on ... Learn More
  29. Stoney Rise Pinot Noir 2020
    Joe Holyman is one of the leading lights of Tasmanian wine. His Stoney Rise Pinot Noir always massively over-delivers, and this is no exception. With a wealth of experience from across the global wine scene, Joe along with his wife ... Learn More
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  30. Stoney Rise Chardonnay 2019
    The 2019 Stoney Rise Chardonnay was fermented in new 2500 litre oak cask, and stayed in there on its lees for the last 5 months. It is a fresh style ready for summer. There is a hint of banana peel and cantaloupe on ... Learn More
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  31. Stefano Lubiana ‘Primavera’ Chardonnay 2020
    100% estate-grown, single-vineyard, certified biodynamic chardonnay. Whisper of sulphide and golden fruit. Rich stone fruit on the nose with hints of vanilla and slight buttery characteristics, which are followed by a rich textural front palate showing ripe apricot on the mid ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  32. Stefano Lubiana Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Tasmania’s first and only certified biodynamic vineyard has been cultivating vines using biodynamic methods since 2010. Displays a complex mix of aromas and flavours. Medium straw with green-gold highlights. Attractive floral notes. Ripe almost exotic/tropical fruit aromas with frangipani ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Mike Bennie
  33. Nanny Goat Pinot Noir 2020
    The nose is dense and intriguing, with layered black and blue berry fruits, toasted spice, cola and an ethereal floral lift. The palate is velvety and plush up front, brimming with wild berry fruits, currants, lightly roasted coffee beans and ... Learn More
  34. Stoney Rise No Clothes No S02 Pinot Noir 2020
    Joe Holyman is one of the leading lights of Tasmanian wine. The No Clothes, No SO2, no fining, no filtration, no preservatives is no drama and fun, all the way. Fresh strawberries and cream on the nose. The palate is ... Learn More
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  35. Priory Ridge Pinot Noir 2018
    Whether it's the granite soils or the sort of first-vintage phenomenon we've often seen before in Tasmanian pinots, this is distinctly different to the bigger, riper East Coast style. Tight and textured with sour cherry plum and savoury peppery notes ... Learn More
  36. Stefano Lubiana Riesling 2019
    100% estate-grown, single-vineyard, certified biodynamic Riesling from soils that are predominantly silty grey gravelly loam over sandstone with some clay loam patches. The fruit is hand picked, then fruit is sorted by hand on a vibrating table. Tasmania’s ultra cool ... Learn More
  37. Nanny Goat Pinot Noir 2019
    The nose is dense and intriguing, with layered black and blue berry fruits, toasted spice, cola and an ethereal floral lift. The palate is velvety and plush up front, brimming with wild berry fruits, currants, lightly roasted coffee beans and ... Learn More
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  38. Stefano Lubiana Riesling 2018
    100% estate-grown, single-vineyard, certified biodynamic Riesling from soils that are predominantly silty grey gravelly loam over sandstone with some clay loam patches. The fruit is hand picked, then fruit is sorted by hand on a vibrating table. Tasmania’s ultra cool ... Learn More
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  39. Two Tonne Tasmania TMV Chardonnay 2020
    This wine is from Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. Beginning just south of Launceston the valley winds 50km north to its meeting point with the powerful Bass Strait. With an endless number of aspects & micro climates, the wine is produced from ... Learn More
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  40. Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2020
    Immediate lift of charred spices, black plum and Dutch liquorice, with hints of black olive, cranberries, blueberries and cassis adding complexity. A sense of lightness and freshness to the array of characters that give an elegance to the style and ... Learn More
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