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. NATIVE BIRD CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR ROSE 2016
    From NZ's internationally acclaimed Pinot capital. Made by a secret wine maker especially for United Cellars with fresh, clean aromatics of cherry blossom, raspberry and strawberries dipped in icing sugar. Juicy red fruits burst on the palate with hints of ... Learn More
  2. QUARTZ REEF METHODE TRADITIONNELLE BRUT NV (375 ml)
    A sparkling wine exuding elegance and finesse. Flirtatious and moreish with notes of green apple and hints of lime and brioche enhanced by an invigorating cool, creamy acidity. Focused, cool and crisp with beautiful balance and length. ... Learn More
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  3. FIFTH BRIDGE PINOT GRIS 2018
    A single vineyard, off-dry to medium style Gris from Otago's legendary wine producers, Matt & James Dicey. Beautifully fresh aromatics with bright apple, white peach and citrus blossom notes, along with exotic florals. Mouth-watering stone fruit flavours mingle with green pear, ... Learn More
  4. 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
  5. HAWKSHEAD PINOT GRIS 2019
    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 2019
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    Nick Butler
  6. 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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  7. MOUNT MICHAEL THE MOUNTAINEER PINOT NOIR 2018
    A double Gold Medal winning, single vineyard, Central Otago Pinot Noir! Attractive aromatics of red cherry & spiced plum, with fresh herbs in the background. Beautifully balanced & approachable, with smooth red berry notes & subtle complexity. ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
  8. VALLI GIBBSTON VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2018
    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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  9. 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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  10. DOMAIN ROAD "DEFIANCE" CHARDONNAY 2018
    A stunning example of Central Otago Chardonnay from Felton Rd. Dry & balanced, made with the same Chardonnay clones as the most saught after Burgundys. Fragrant stonefruits & vanillins leap from the glass. Whole bunch pressed to 35% new French oak for 10 months, ... Learn More
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  11. DOMAINE THOMSON "SURVEYOR THOMSON" PINOT NOIR 2015
    World-class Burgundy from the incredible terroir of Central Otago. Elegantly light with a complex, savoury depth. 100% orgainic, biodynamic and hand harvested with 26% whole bunch pressed. Aged for 10 months on 20% new French oak. ... Learn More
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  12. MOUNT EDWARD PINOT NOIR 2016
    A truly boutique, certified organic producer from Central Otago that stands head and shoulders above most. Elegantly understated & impressively refined for serious Pinot lovers. Perfumed with lovely aromatics, there is a range of complex fruit notes of darker berries, some ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  13. AKITU A1 PINOT NOIR 2016
    Winner of the IWC Sustainable Award- 2016. From over 12 hectares of vines planted at 380m above sea level & dedicated entirely to Pinot Noir, only the very best of the harvest goes into making Akitu. 40% whole bunch pressed into 25% new oak, this ... Learn More
    AKITU A1 PINOT NOIR 2016
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    Jamie Goode
  14. 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
  15. GATE 20 TWO PINOT NOIR 2016
    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
  16. THE TAPUI COLLECTION PINOT NOIR BY DEAN SHAW 2018
    Lovingly crafted by Dean Shaw, from a premium parcel of fruit from Nevis Bluff, with limited intervention. Bright ruby red with deep aromas of sweet plum, light cherry cola & hints of toasty truffles. Light-medium bodied with soft, inviting raspberry, plum & ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  17. 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
  18. RIPPON MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2016
    One of the most legendary Pinots in NZ, grown on the shores of Lake Wanaka. A wine which captures the alpine purity of these slopes overlooking Lake Wanaka, packed with juicy fruit flavours, fine grained tannins and a slate driven ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
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  19. VALLI 'BENDIGO VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Valli's Bendigo is reflects the very warm climate of this area producing dark, rich, lush wines. Showcasing aromas of Cherry Cola, now synonymous with Valli Pinot Noir, along with notes of boysenberry, mulberry, coconut and vanilla. Dense, powerful and persistent ... Learn More
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  20. 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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    Nick Stock
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  21. VALLI 'WAITAKI VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2018
    A real gem for lovers of Waitaki or Burgundian Pinot Noir, 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 ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
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  22. VALLI 'BENDIGO VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Valli's Bendigo is reflects the very warm climate of this area producing dark, rich, lush wines. Showcasing aromas of Cherry Cola, now synonymous with Valli Pinot Noir, along with notes of boysenberry, mulberry, coconut and vanilla. Dense, powerful and persistent ... Learn More
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  23. 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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  24. NEVIS BLUFF RESERVE PINOT NOIR 2015
    A beautifully rich, reserve tier Pinot Noir, only made in exceptional years, by the renowned Dean Shaw. Exotic black fruit flavours with soft & intense elegant tannins. Hand selected, hand harvested & hand sorted for exceptional quality. ... Learn More
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    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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  25. 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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  26. VALLI 'GIBBSTON VINEYARD' PINOT NOIR 2011
    A very rare library stock release direct from Valli's cellars. A classic Gibbston Pinot just starting to show the benefits of ageing. It is all spices and florals, acidity, length and elegance, with more old world characters than new, especially ... Learn More
  27. RIPPON TINKERS FIELD PINOT NOIR 2015
    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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  28. CROWN RANGE CELLAR "SIGNATURE SELECTION" GRANT TAYLOR PINOT NOIR 2017
    An extremely limited, individually numbered release, made by Grant Taylor. Pure, vibrant Pinot Noir with red cherry, subtle herb, raspberry & spice from Gibbston Valley. 33% whole bunch pressed and aged for 11 months in 33% new oak- a beautifully refined & elegant wine. ... Learn More
  29. MIXED RED PACK + BONUS 1ER CRU CHAMPAGNE

    This great selection of red wines will ensure that your wine supply is perfectly sorted for any meal or mood that comes your way. And we are including a FREE bottle of Drappier 1er Cru Champagne to toast to ... Learn More

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