James Halliday – The Australian Magazine – 1 June 2013
Made from a 0.74ha block of granitic schist and loess soil, ideal for riesling. PJ Charteris resisted the temptations to play tricks with the winemaking, with one exception: he stopped the fermentation with some largely undetectable residual sugar to balance the 9g/l of acidity. An awesome wine, pristine and delicate, yet with rapier-like intensity and great length to its lime-infused, mineral finish.
Jane Faulkner – Sydney Morning Herald – Spectrum – 17 March 2013
MAYBE it’s the schist soils throughout Central Otago but, whatever it is, riesling rocks in that part of the world. For many years winemaker P. J. Charteris worked at Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley but he is now doing his own thing and making pinot noir and riesling. This 2012 has depth and great palate weight; there’s lusciousness, too, from the smidge of residual sugar, which the acidity balances out beautifully. Being focused, minerally and textural with a core of juicy fruit makes this a stunning drink. Try with pork rillettes. From City Wine Shop.
Huon Hooke – Sydney Morning Herald – Good Living – February 2013
Very light yellow, almost pale colour. Very restrained, underdeveloped aroma. Mineral slaty and nervy on the palate with tangy acidity and lean, delicate flavours. An almost subliminal touch of sweetness. Very appealing wine which will blossom with a bit more time in bottle.
Mike Bennie – Wine Front Monthly – January 2013
Charteris may still call the Hunter Valley home following his retirement from Brokenwood wines, but his eponymous wine making takes him each year to central Otago. The 2012 Charteris Hunt Vineyard Riesling shows great pep and judicious, gentle sweetness that cajoles floral, citrus and chalky flavours long. Clarity of fruit is high. Delicious!