Central Otago

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. Fifth Bridge Riesling 2017
    A single vineyard Riesling with a bright natural acidity from Otago's legendary wine producers, Matt & James Dicey. Medium-dry, with a concentrated green apple and pear flavours, crisp acidity and a persistent apricot and honey finish. Beautifully balanced with 25g R/ ... Learn More
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  2. Ceres Inlet Chenin Blanc 2019
    A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. Aromas of Chenin Blanc, pears with hints of bruised apples, honeysuckle giving way to prince melon and lemon zest. A wonderful collision of two worlds, Old world ... Learn More
  3. Ceres Swansong Pinot Gris Library Release 2015
    A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. Originating from the Swansong vineyard is located on Felton Road, Bannockburn. The inviting bouquet shows mango, peach and baked pear notes with nuances of apple blossom and ... Learn More
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  4. Ceres Black Rabbit Riesling Library Release 2015
    A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. This Riesling has a supreme life to it. It is sitting only on the dry side of medium, so there is still the ghostly shade of pleasant ... Learn More
  5. Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Gris 2019
    Dry and mineral driven, the Gibbston Pinot Gris is equal parts delicious and sophistication. Extremely aromatic, bursting with aromas of pear, lime zest, almond and cream soda. Medium to full-bodied, laden with white peach, citrus & soft flint flavours with a ... Learn More
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  6. Hawkshead Rose 2020
    A limited edition Pinot Rose that is vibrant, crisp and dry - in short, a sexy little number! Red fruit & spice aromatics, filled with macerated strawberry, raspberry & watermelon. The palate has layers of juicy red berries& a delicate, creamy textured ... Learn More
    Hawkshead Rose 2020
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    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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  7. Nevis Bluff Pinot Rose 2019
    A stunning Central Otago Rose, made by award winning winemaker, Dean Shaw. Carefully handpicked Pinot Noir grapes are sacrificed to create this fruit driven rose. Made in a dry style, this is a serious wine with vibrant and lifted fruit ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  8. Amisfield Rose 2020
    Amisfield Rose is a runaway Rose sensation, a wine that continually sets the benchmark every year for a legion of Pinot Noir-based pink wine producers. Grown at Amisfield's Waenga vineyards, hand harvested with a small portion of the fruit seeing ... Learn More
    Amisfield Rose 2020
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  9. Gate 20 Two Pinot Gris 2017
    A boutique, single vineyard Felton Rd Pinot Gris, normally reserved exclusively for the cellar door. A bouquet of baked apple, pear & mixed spice, beautifully weighted & silky with great texture & mouthfeel. Bone-dry, crisp and clean, this is a scrumptious wine and ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  10. VALLI GIBBSTON VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2017
    Bone dry and mineral driven, the Gibbston Pinot Gris is equal parts delicious and sophistication. Extremely aromatic, bursting with aromas of pear, lime zest, almond and cream soda. Medium to full-bodied, laden with white peach, citrus & soft flint flavours, this ... Learn More
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  11. Hawkshead Pinot Blanc 2020
    Fresh and fruity lightness, but also restraint & elegant it character. A classy, off-dry, summer-fresh wine with aromas of ripe, buttery pears, white peaches and faint notes of white rambling roses. Delicate nuances of citrus and sweet spice mingle with the ... Learn More
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  12. Hawkshead Pinot Gris 2020
    A genuinely classic Central Otago wine- pleasingly refreshing with appealingly pure pear and subtle apple flavours. A dry style Pinot Gris with impressive fruit sweetness that will fool your palate. It has only 2 grams of residual sugar per litre. Fresh ... Learn More
    Hawkshead Pinot Gris 2020
    NZ$31.99 Per item
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  13. The Tapui Collection Regional Pinot Noir 2018
    A pure expression from New Zealand's most loved Pinot Noir region- Central Otago. Bright ruby red with deep aromas of sweet plum, light cherry cola & hints of toasty truffles. Light-medium bodied with soft, inviting raspberry, plum & vanilla flavours, a firm ... Learn More
  14. Mt Dunstan Pinot Noir 2015
    A perfectly aged Central Otago Pinot for a steal of a price. Bright cherry, strawberry & dried herb aromatics, accentuated on the palate. The wine shows rich savoury flavours with fine, chalky tannins which provides sturdy structure and length. This is ... Learn More
  15. Ceres Composition Pinot Noir Library Release 2014
    Raymond Chan, 18+/20: "A soft, plush and juicy Pinot Noir with dark berry, plum and thyme herb flavours, and a fine-textured mouthfeel". A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. A composition of the Inlet & Black ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  16. Hawkshead Pinot Noir 2019
    Uplifting aromatics of sweet violet, a touch of spicy wild thyme and layers of fragrant red currants, raspberries and black cherries. Finely grained tannins and bright acidity are beautifully balanced and together with the ambrosial aromas to deliver a joyful, ... Learn More
    Hawkshead Pinot Noir 2019
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  17. Gate 20 Two Pinot Noir 2017
    A boutique, single vineyard Felton Rd Pinot Noir; normally reserved exclusively for the cellar door. Rich, warm perfumes of raspberry, boysenberry, plum & red fruits. Deep fruit flavours along with good structure and balance promise a wine that will just get ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  18. Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2019
    Known to be in the top 3% of all wines in the world, sourced from the magnificent Pisa Range in one of Central Otago's most unique vineyard parcels. These soils and the sheltered location help to give the wine more harmony, ... Learn More
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  19. The Tapui Collection Pinot Noir By Jen Parr 2019
    Lovingly crafted by Jen Parr, NZ Winemaker of the Year 2019. This is an elegant expression of the Bannockburn sub-region with lovely red and blue fruit, camphor and florals supported by fine tannins intricately woven around fresh acidity. This Pinot Noir ... Learn More
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  20. Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017
    One of the most legendary Pinots in NZ, grown on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Equally youthful on the palate with a vibrant and energy filled flavour profile - crushed rocks, dark red berry fruits, oak spice and whispers of ... Learn More
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  21. Valli 'Gibbston Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    Valli’s Gibbston reflects one of the coolest sub regions of Otago, producing wines of elegance and complexity of flavour. An alluring ripe cherry, raspberry and rose petal nose, with nuances of mushroom and cardamom. The fruit shines through on ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  22. Valli 'Bendigo Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    Valli's Bendigo reflects the very warm climate of this area producing dark, rich, lush wines. Deep garnet hue with bright fruit aromas of blackberry, cherry, and mulberry with toasted almond, coffee and cedar. Fresh summer berries on the palate with ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  23. Valli 'Bannockburn Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    Valli's Bannockburn wines reflect the warm climate of the area by displaying denser, more powerful Pinot Noir flavours. The wine has an earthy garnet hue with a highly aromatic bouquet of dried herb, lilac, Doris plum, blackberry, bay leaf and ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  24. Ceres "The Artists Collection" Inlet Pinot Noir Library Release 2015
    A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. A single vineyard wine from the Inlet vineyard, one of the best in Bannockburn. This engaging and mesmerising wine offers a seductive bouquet which shows aromas of ... Learn More
  25. Ceres "The Artists Collection" Black Rabbit Pinot Noir Library Release 2017
    A highly sought after library release from Otago's legendary producers, Matt & James Dicey. A single vineyard wine from the Black Rabbit vineyard, one of the best in Bannockburn. This engaging and mesmerising wine offers a seductive bouquet which shows sweet ... Learn More
  26. Tarras The Canyon Pinot Noir 2017
    A single vineyard wine made exclusively in Bendigo, Central Otago and labelled as The Canyon only in exceptional vintages. Beautiful floral aromas with elegant berry fruits, spice and dried herbs. The palate is elegantly opulent with ripe fruits, great acidity, ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
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  27. Valli 'Bannockburn Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Valli's Bannockburn wines reflect the warm climate of the area by displaying denser, more powerful Pinot Noir flavours. Aromatics balanced between power and poise showcase wild florals, along with plump berries, violets and wood smoke. An energetic palate with bright ... Learn More
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  28. Valli 'Gibbston Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2018
    Valli’s Gibbston reflects one of the coolest sub regions of Otago, producing wines of elegance and complexity of flavour. An alluring ripe cherry, raspberry and rose petal nose, with nuances of mushroom and cardamom. A sophisticated and layered palate ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
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  29. Valli 'Waitaki Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2019
    A real gem for lovers of Waitaki, showing incredible consistency in the perfume and minerality of the wines. Engaging and fragrant in it's youth with fruit aromas of wild strawberry, sweet cherry, and plum married with sage, wild thyme and ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  30. John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir 2013
    Garnet in colour with heady aromas of black cherries, blackberries, spice and forest floor with a touch of dried herbs. Quite broad on the palate, full and round with sweet flavours of blackberry, cassis, underpinned with earthy, dusty notes and ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  31. Two Paddocks Proprietors Reserve The Fusilier Pinot Noir 2018
    James Suckling: "Fresh aromas of red cherries and red-plum pastry here. This has very attractive, alluring style." Situated in Bannockburn, the vineyard is named after Sam Neill's father who ran the family's wine merchant business Neill & Co. The Fusilier is 5.6 ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  32. Two Paddocks Proprietors Reserve The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2018
    Traditionally a blend of predominantly Alexandra fruit from their Last Chance and Red Bank farm vineyards. Sam Neill and team have upped the ante by launching their now fully-accredited organic status with BioGro logos on their labels. Aromas of bright ... Learn More
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  33. Rippon Tinkers Field Pinot Noir 2017
    Iconic single-vineyard Pinot Noir of the highest standard. A wine of precision and "unforced masculinity", the Tinker's is drawn from Rippon's oldest vines in rocky schist soils, on the gentle slopes next to Lake Wanaka. Family owned, biodynamically grown and ... Learn More
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