Nevis Bluff which was established in the mid 1990’s has been a great pioneer in Central Otago producing both Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. However their real star is the Pinot Gris, it’s dry and full bodied with lovely mineral overtones, crisp bright acidity with hints of Turkish delight, ripe pear and still remaining fresh and crisp. Frankly one of the best Pinot Gris in the country!
Pinot Blanc is a variety which is not widely planted in New Zealand, in fact there are very few of them around however this is superb, concentrated with beautiful acidity, textural and lovely complexity. Aromas of peach, nectarine and apricot with a touch of dry herbs. Lovely balance, pure and a persistent finish. Drink now or over the next 3-4 years.
Occasionally for various vintages Nevis Bluff produce their Reserve Pinot Noir. A selection of their best fruit from their oldest vines and given longer elevage, the result is a concentrated, medium to full bodied wine with aromas of Maraschino cherry, thyme and wild game. Lovely balance and intense yet soft and silky as Pinot Noir demands. Beautifully drinking now. Again if you haven’t tried it, this is a must because it is one of the top ones!
One of the classics from Otago going back to the mid 1990’s, Nevis Bluff are producing impeccable wines in particular their Pinot Noir mainly from Single Vineyards, close planted, non-irrigated and the results speak for themselves. A full bodied Pinot Noir with hints of thyme, forrest floor and black cherry, clean with precision and vibrant acidity.
You will be familiar with Domaine point by now for producing excellent value for money Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. This is their brand new release, a Gewurztraminer based more on the style of an Austrian rather than an Alsace with hints of lychee, Turkish delight, dry spice and floral. Very well balanced with lovely concentration, depth, dryness and focus. Excellent with fish and spicy dishes. Drink now or over the next 3-4 years.
This is a very clear example that Central Otago can make very good Pinot Noir without the exorbitant prices. We like this Pinot Noir because it is dry, well balanced and well structured yet with lovely frontal fruit, juicy and very good handling of the oak. Once you try it, it is a very clear example that you don’t really have to pay top prices to get a superb quality Pinot Noir. This is drinking superbly now however it has lovely structure, concentration and depth and it will also keep for another couple of years or so.
Very much made in an Austrian/German style with a little residual sugar, off-dry, but vibrant, fresh, full bodied with lovely acidity and minerality. Central Otago seems to be producing outstanding Riesling. We’ve tried this together with excellent examples of German and Austrian Riesling and it’s just up there. Refined, focused with lovely citrus flavours and able to age for the next 2-3 years plus, absolutely outstanding especially at the price!
It’s not often that we come across an excellent Pinot Gris which offers an array of concentrated fruits of pear, fig and turkish delight yet maintaining wonderful structure, clarity and focus. This is a Pinot Gris that is suitable for drinking right now being very refreshing and aromatic yet will also cellar for another couple of years.
In the last 10-15 years, Central Otago has surged ahead in the production of outstanding Pinot Noir, lately they have also extended their search towards Riesling. Mt. Edward is perhaps the best exponent of both in this area and their Riesling (whenever it is available) is a true revelation of what can be done with this variety. The 2018 vintage has been one of the best for awhile, having tried it a few months ago it was already showing a lovely floral perfume, great texture and perfect acidity, made in an off-dry style and not overly alcoholic it is outstanding in its youth but will also cellar for another 3-4 years. Without doubt one of the best Rieslings in the country.
The latest release from Mt. Edward that from humble beginnings has become one of the benchmark producers in Central Otago. The 2018 together with 2013, 2007 and 2009 are perhaps the best vintages since its insertion in 1997, founded by Alan Brady one of the pioneers in the area, the wine has been improving year on year which is not always the case for many other vineyards. This is one for the cellar, lots of ripe cherries, thyme and ripe berry fruits, but it is not all about just fruit, what I like about this wine is the lovely soft and velvety tannins that you come to expect from Pinot noir, ample middle palate with focus and balance. Medium body and expressive, no doubt one of the top not just from Otago but in the country. Cellar for another 5-6 years.
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