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 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. FIFTH BRIDGE LATE HARVEST RIESLING 2017 (375ml)
    A single vineyard, late harvest Riesling from Otago's legendary wine producers, Matt & James Dicey. Defined by apricots, hints of lime and honeysuckle flavours, with a clean caramel and madarin finish. A lusciously ripe,sweet style with 116g R/S. ... Learn More
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  6. BALD HILLS 3 ACRES PINOT NOIR 2016
    An elegantly soft & velveteen Pinot Noir, aged on 31% new French oak for 12 months before bottling. Medium bodied red currant, vanilla & violet notes, with a fine grained tannin structure of mocha & charred oak. "Mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with very good complexity ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
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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. 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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  9. 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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  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. 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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  12. BALD HILLS SINGLE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2014
    Gold Medal winner - NZIWS. Pure Gold winner - Bragato Wine Awards. A medium bodied, complex & elegant wine with a generous, inviting nose & vibrant flavours of red & black cherry, mushroom & spice. Carefully hand harvested from a single vineyard & aged on 29% ... Learn More
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    Michael Cooper
  13. HAWKSHEAD PINOT NOIR 2018
    This Pinot Noir is an excellent example of a young wine ready to drink now, but with the potential to grow into an elegant wine, representing the stunning 2018 vintage. A lifted bouquet of sweet violet, a touch of oak spice ... Learn More
    HAWKSHEAD PINOT NOIR 2018
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    Bob Campbell MW
  14. DOMAINE THOMSON "EXPLORER" PINOT NOIR 2017
    Encapsulating a beautifully natural, fruit driven exuberance, with a depth of chewy plum, mulberry and raspberry. 100% organic, biodynamic & hand harvested from the estate's highest terraces at 295m above sea level. 15% whole bunch pressed & oak aged aged for 10 months, making this ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
  15. LAMONT PINOT NOIR 2016
    An alluring nose of sweet red berries and cherry notes, with savoury characters of undergrowth and mushroom. Bold yet elegant the palate is concentrated and rich with red berry and cherry elements seamlessly integrated with fine tannins. So incredibly vibrant, ... Learn More
    LAMONT PINOT NOIR 2016
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  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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
  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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
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  28. TAIMANA WAITAKI PINOT NOIR 2013
    A very special limited release, made by the legendary Grant Taylor & renowned New Zealand artist Shane Cotton. An incredible, intoxicating nose of blood orange, tamarillo, baking spice and macerated red fruits, with an herbaceous undertone. The palate is a three-act ... Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. 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
  31. 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
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    This great selection of every day wines will ensure that your wine supply is perfectly sorted for any meal or mood that comes your way. And we've even thrown in a FREE bottle of Premier Cru Champagne. You deserve ... Learn More

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