“The 2011 vintage turned out to be more lush and concentrated than we expected. This came about due to well-timed canopy management coupled with sensitive winemaking.”
- NZ - Central Otago
- New Zealand
An emerging star of Central Otago. Designed for cellaring, it is estate-grown on a steep, north-facing, ‘seriously warm’ site at the north-east end of Lake Dunstan, at Bendigo Station. The 2010 vintage is a dark, authoritative wine, combining power with approachability. Likely to flourish for a decade, it is very savoury and nutty, with layers of very ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, fine-grained tannins and a rich, rounded finish. The 2011 is 'the single ferment that best expresses' the site. Deep and youthful in colour, it was matured for 11 months in French oak casks (16 per cent new). A beautifully flowing red with dense cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, it is very full-bodied (14.5 per cent alcohol), but not tough, with buried tannins. A classic, thought-provoking, 'brooding' style, it's still a baby.
5 Star - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013, reviewed on 11/2012
My favourite Bendigo producer has really delivered a very classy wine this vintage. Made from hand-picked grapes grown on a 15-hectare hillside vineyard. The wine is a single ferment (that is, not a blend of several ferments). It is matured in predominantly one-year-old French barriques and is intense, subtly smooth and succulent without the flatness that dogs some other wines from this promising district. Linear, focused pinot noir that is beautifully structured and shows terrific aging potential.
Rating 96 - Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine Oct/Nov 2012, reviewed on 11/2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep bright red
Engaging fine aromatic herbs, Dawson cherry
Subtly smooth and succulent, chocolate with sweet, velvet fine rolling tannins