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Central Otago, South Island

Central Otago, South Island

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  • 2011 Pinot Gris, RockburnWhite Wine

    2011 Pinot Gris, Rockburn

    £1850

    Ripe peach, nectarine and Nashi pear aromas are backed by a hint of spice and a streak of minerality. The vibrantly fruity off-dry palate is layered over a rich and creamy texture. A firm backbone of acidity leads into a very long, zesty finish. 11 years of bottle age have given this an ethereal edge. 2 bottles left!

    Pinot Gris clones 2/15 and 2/21 are hand-picked from Rockburn’s two vineyard sites in Parkburn and Gibbston Valley. The Parkburn vineyards lie in the middle of Central Otago Block Mountain ranges, on an old, alluvial terrace, covered by loam topsoil. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 235 metres, with a semi-continental climate of hot, dry summers and cold, dry winters. The Gibbston Valley vineyard lies on the western side of Central Otago is a very mountainous, once a glaciated country.

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  • 2018 Unravelled Pinot Noir, Carrick WineryRed Wine

    2018 Unravelled Pinot Noir, Carrick Winery

    £1950

    The 2018 Unravelled Pinot Noir shows a huge depth of fruit with a strong structure and a full mouthfeel. Classic Central Otago herbs of wild thyme and cloves and red and black fruits show in abundance on the nose for this stellar vintage. This wine enters the palate on dark cherry and blackberries that lead on and on through the mid-palate. Plenty of structure, the tannin is robust, lingering long into the finish.  The wine underwent wild yeast fermentation which encapsulates the Carrick fruit characters. The wine was matured for 11 months in French oak, of which about 15% was new.

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  • 2019 Devils Staircase Pinot Noir, RockburnRed Wine

    2019 Devils Staircase Pinot Noir, Rockburn

    £1985

    This Pinot Noir bursts with flavours of red cherry, cranberry and bramble fruit. Rounded and fruity on the palate, with supple tannins and a very moreish finish. This is devilishly good.

    The 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 takes the willing down into the realm of decadence and Bacchanalian delights. Here, everything is pleasure spiced up with a bit of naughty.   The unrelenting Central Otago environment tortures the vines whose twisted limbs produce a wine worthy of absolution; strong and sensual with lashings of dark fruit, sinfully succulent and devilishly good.

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  • 2013 Picnic Riesling, Two PaddocksWhite Wine

    2013 Picnic Riesling, Two Paddocks

    £2150

    Owned by actor Sam Neill – of Jurassic Park, The Piano and Peaky Blinders fame – Two Paddocks is a fabulous winery in Central Otago that produces outstanding Pinot Noir and Riesling.

    Featuring the Proprietor’s Grandfather, Sydney Neill – Wine Merchant, on the label, Picnic Riesling is described by the winery as ‘our perennial favourite and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Riesling. We think it is just as much a dinner wine as a luncheon – equally enjoyable at home outdoors, as at the Captain’s Table’.

    This 2013 is a very well-made Riesling with a succulent mouthfeel, lovely mineral tones and a touch of honey and aged Riesling characters.   The flavours go on forever and the finish is mouthwatering making a second sip happen very quickly!

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  • 2016 Picnic Riesling, Two PaddocksWhite Wine

    2016 Picnic Riesling, Two Paddocks

    £2150

    Owned by actor Sam Neill – of Jurassic Park, The Piano and Peaky Blinders fame – Two Paddocks is a fabulous winery in Central Otago that produces outstanding Pinot Noir and Riesling.

    Featuring the Proprietor’s Grandfather, Sydney Neill – Wine Merchant, on the label, Picnic Riesling is described by the winery as ‘our perennial favourite and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Riesling. We think it is just as much a dinner wine as a luncheon – equally enjoyable at home outdoors, as at the Captain’s Table’.

    This 2016 vintage is invitingly scented, with lively, youthful, lemon and green apple flavours, a hint of toasty, bottle-aged characters, and good concentration.

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  • 2014 Scott Base Pinot Noir, Allan ScottRed Wine

    2014 Scott Base Pinot Noir, Allan Scott

    £2350

    Owned by the pioneering Marlborough winemaking Allan Scott family, Scott Base Vineyard is situated in one of the most beautiful regions of Aotearoa, overlooking the township of Cromwell and Lake Dunstan, with the majestic Pisa Range acting as a spectacular backdrop to the west and equally spectacular Dunstan Mountains (Northburn) to the east across the lake. A longstanding love of Central Otago and some southern family history lured the Scott family to the region and vineyard, notwithstanding an interest to produce Pinot Noir wine with Central Otago distinctive characteristics.

    This 2014 Scott Base Pinot Noir exhibits classic Central Otago aromatics of ripe cherries, raspberries and wild thyme. The palate is full of primary fruits and finishes with smooth tannins and oak sweetness.

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  • 2016 Dry Riesling, Felton RoadWhite Wine

    2016 Dry Riesling, Felton Road

    £2500

    Opening with aromas of blossom and lime with white peach leading to a stony richness and great texture on the palate. The wine possesses a depth which is becoming more evident with the increasing vine age, giving a serious complexity to the palate and a core seam of acid. A completely clean and long finish. This is the 20th iteration of this wine, and it might be the finest Dry Riesling yet.

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  • akarua brutSparkling

    Central Otago Brut, Akarua

    £2500

    Akarua Brut is a fresh aperitif style with floral perfumes and savoury bread dough aromas. With lovely balance and complexity, the palate is clean, has a creamy middle and a long, crisp finish.

    The wine is made using a Strict ‘Methode Traditionelle’ approach and is aged for a minimum of 18 months on lees. A Pinot Noir dominant blend with Chardonnay; fruit is taken from across six vineyard sites, ensuring complexity in the finished wine.

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  • 2011 Elms Chardonnay, Felton Road Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2011 Elms Chardonnay, Felton Road

    £2800

    A vibrant nose of citrus blossom and white peach with hints of stone and earth. The palate begins with texture and lithe intensity; fresh, but with a serious undercurrent of minerality, then moves into growing complexity, combining tension and stones with a rewarding richness. There is significant length to this wine, reflecting the extended elevage on lees.

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  • 2013 Elms Chardonnay, Felton Road Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2013 Elms Chardonnay, Felton Road

    £2800

    Fresh apple, pear and citrus blossom on the nose: very pure. Wonderfully rich in texture but at the same time still completely mineral. Salty stones predominate, with lemon zest and crunchy pear hiding in the background. Long, very pure mineral finish. This wine enjoys elevage in seasoned oak resulting in no hint of any wood; just the extra dimension and complexity from long ageing in neutral barrels.

    Gourmet Traveller, Oct/Nov 2014

    Biodynamically grown grapes from the gently sloping, north-facing Elms vineyard were whole-bunched pressed and fermented in stainless-steel tanks to preserve primary fruit flavours before being aged in seasoned oak barrels on full yeast lees. Pure, fine-boned chardonnay with subtle power and flavours suggesting hazelnut, bran biscuit, mineral and grapefruit. Very elegant with an ethereal texture and mouth-tingling acidity. I find it stylistically similar to a Chassagne-Montrachet. 96 Points *****

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  • 2009 Pinot Noir, Wild EarthRed Wine

    2009 Pinot Noir, Wild Earth

    £2995

    Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an expatriate Californian who has spent many years living on the South Island. He has gathered a small, dedicated team to produce his Wild Earth range in Central Otago.   There Pinot noir is exceptional winning many awards and fans across the world.

    The 2009 season was exceptional producing a wine with a deep red colour and purple-red hues that have lightened slightly over the years.  This wine has an expansive nose with aromas of red and dark cherry, black liquorice and musky oak filling the senses.  The palate is full with ripe black cherry, plum, orange peel and cassis, supple tannins and a lingering finish.  The 11 years since this wine was made have been kind and this wine taken on an etheral and sexy aura.  Its a bloody great example,of maturing Bannockburn Pinot Noir.

    Most of the grapes for this wine came from the Terraces Vineyards in Felton Road (Bannockburn) and the rest from Wild Earth’s Lowburn Vineyard.

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  • 2019 Pinot Noir, RockburnRed Wine

    2019 Pinot Noir, Rockburn

    £3095

    Expressive aromas lead to a deeply fruity palate displaying notes of red and black cherry layered with rich notes of mocha. Supple, silky tannins envelop the smooth palate through to a long finish. This wine shows classic Rockburn elegance, integrity and balance.

    Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago. Situated on the 45th parallel, Rockburn shares a climate that is similar to Burgundy. The vineyards are surrounded by mountains to the west, whose seaward slopes are rainforest, receiving 5,000mm of rain per annum. To the east is a barren, moon-like landscape that receives less than 25mm of rain per year. Situated between these extremes, lay the Rockburn vineyards, which are producing Pinot Noir of stunning quality.

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  • 2013 Estate Riesling, Two PaddocksWhite Wine

    2013 Estate Riesling, Two Paddocks

    £3200

    Owned by actor Sam Neill – of Jurassic Park, The Piano and Peaky Blinders fame – Two Paddocks is a fabulous winery in Central Otago that produces outstanding Pinot Noir and Riesling.

    This Estate Riesling from the 2013 vintage is estate-grown at Earnscleugh, near Alexandra, in the Red Bank Vineyard and is a brilliant wine that will excel with food.  Aromas of sweet mandarin, lemon & lime flower and minerals drift from the glass.  On the palate, it is dry with vibrant flavours of lime and lemon, crisp green apple and thyme laced elderflower that build across the palate to a long dry finish.

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  • 2015 Bannockburn Chardonnay, Felton Road Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2015 Bannockburn Chardonnay, Felton Road

    £3300

    White peach, crushed almonds and orange blossom abound on the nose. The palate is creamy and luscious with an underlying and fine-tuned acidic freshness. The finish features a return of the almond characters in this nutty, mineral and distinctive Bannockburn Chardonnay. Complex yet easily understandable and immensely drinkable.

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  • 2012 Bannockburn Chardonnay, Felton Road Wine Republic Heros White Wine

    2012 Bannockburn Chardonnay, Felton Road

    £3300

    Brilliant lemon gold with a seamlessly integrated nose; floral with subtle hazelnut notes and white peach. Minerality predominates over delicate lemon zest and crisp acid. Very textural on the palate, full not fat. Long, fresh and clean on the finish with not a hint of oak. This wine is unfined and unfiltered, the first time this has been achieved this with Bannockburn Chardonnay.

    Each of Felton Road’s three vineyards provided grapes for this wine.  The grapes were whole-bunch pressed, fermented in French oak barrels using indigenous yeasts and aged for 12 months in oak.  Wonderfully pure, yet subtly flavoursome and powerful chardonnay with chalky mineral, nectarine, brioche and hazelnut characters making up the more dominant flavours.  It has the purity and power of Burgundy with strong Kiwi and Central Otago accents. 96***** Gourmet Traveller

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