Central Otago

Central Otago Regional Tasting

We were extremely well looked after by Stephen Farquharson, owner of the Wooing Tree winery. We tasted a selection of wines from the region which gave us a clear picture of the regional differences within Central Otago.

I have been tasting Central Otago Pinot Noirs since the 2005 vintage and was surprised by the bold tannic structure of the 2010 vintage. 2010 produced really small berries which resulted in very concentrated and big wines, in certain instances, I do not feel that the winemakers controlled the tannins in their wines. Those of you who are used to the supple wines of Central Otago are going to get a shock!

These are the stand out wines for us;

Hawkshead Pinot Noir 2009
Opulent red blackberry fruits, good layers of herbs and spices intermingled with sweet fruits. Really good mouthfeel and long peppery finish.

Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir 2009
Slightly paler in colour, this is a very much more delicate style of Pinot. Sweet red berry flavours, good balance and a long finish.

Domain Road Pinot Noir 2009
Opulent red berry fruits, sweeter and fuller in style than many of the other wines. Really good balance and structure and a fine finish.
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Posted on 03/04/2012
by Philip
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