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Central Otago is renowned for Pinot Noir wines of great intensity. This example from the Hawkesbury Vineyard in Wanaka does not disappoint with its power fruit, spicy depth and firm tannin.
The season of vintage 2016 in Central Otago will be remembered for frequent frosts, wind, unsettled weather and fantastic wines. Spring was cool, but a fine, settled patch timed perfectly over flowering caused good fruit set. January remained cool but February was one of the warmest on record. Warm days and cool nights and generally dry weather over March and April allowed good hang time promoting excellent flavour development and balance of sugar and acidity. A universally extolled vintage.
The fruit was handpicked in mid-April in dry conditions. Each clone was fermented separately in small open fermenters that were hand plunged twice daily. The wine was matured for 12 months in a mix of new and seasoned French oak barrels.
At 45° South Central Otago is the world’s southernmost wine region. The vineyards are also the highest in New Zealand, located around 300 - 400 metres above sea level among spectacular alpine scenery rising to over 3700m.
Although small, Central Otago is a rapidly developing wine region with a swiftly growing international reputation for great Pinot noir wines.
The Collection series are a set of premium wines from hand-picked regions around the world – each crafted to reflect a supreme sense of place and exceptional character.
The labels each feature a unique photographed object collected from the region the wine was grown, designed to present a story of the region's distinct characteristics.
Central Otago in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island is unlike any other place on earth. These stones were collected from the beautifully rugged landscape.