Charteris The Winter Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008. 93+ points
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
PJ Charteris is the winemaker at Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley though this is his solo project. It’s made from a vineyard in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otage (New Zealand) and it was hand-picked and hand-plunged and hand everything. Only 140 dozen were made. Given that it’s a first release the price is a bit alarming, but given that it’s from Central Otago and that it’s made by PJ Charteris and that there isn’t much of it, I’m guessing that the restaurant trade will snap most of it up.
I had this open on my desk for most of the day and it’s still tight and pretty much unyielding. Lots and lots of tannin here, assertive and (just) into the realms of aggression.
Red – purple colour but not too dark/dense. Cherries and sap and citrus. Twiggy elements, in a good way. Maybe even some undergrowth too, though it’s spotlessly clean. Dried tobacco. Complex , certainly. Needs quite a few years in the bottle to show itself properly.
The kind of wine that would probably develop better under cork (but let’s not go there). This is an impressive wine!
Rated 93+ Points
Drink: 2012 – 2017