2012 Charteris The Hunt Vineyard Riesling

PJ's Notes:

I was extremely lucky to chance upon Blair and Estelle Hunt and their beautiful Riesling vineyard in Bannockburn. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked into the vineyard and was confronted with piles of crumbling Schist under the vines. This sort of geology is a no-brainer for growing top notch Riesling and the resulting wines tend to have a minerally nature about them.

Tasting Notes:

The 2012 Charteris is a case in point showing bright lemon/lime citrus with a festoon of wild floral aromatics. The initial aromas give way to Kaffir Lime, Juniper and classic wet stone/mineral characters. 

Lemon and lime flow into the entry of the palate with crystalline purity. The acid backbone resonates with zestiness and is delicately balanced with some subtle residual sweetness. The palate has length and expansion while maintaining a fine and delicate composure. If you can resist the temptation of the bright youthfulness of this wine, a good life in the cellar awaits.


5 to 10 years if cellared well.

Technical info:

-Hand picked on 21st April 2012 at 21.3 Brix

-Whole Bunch Pressed

-Juice settled for 4 days

-Inoculated with a neutral Saccharomyces bayanus yeast strain

-Fermentation was stopped on taste at 1am on 22nd May

-The wine remained on fine yeast lees until bottling on 14th August 2012

-3.10 pH, 9.0 g/L Titratable Acidity, 7.5 g/L Residual Sugar 11.9 % Alcohol

-Total production – 274 six packs


  • Wine Reviews

    The Australian Magazine - James Halliday

    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.

    96 POINTS

    Sydney Morning Herald - Jane Faulkner

    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.

    Wine Front Monthly - MIKE BENNIE

    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!

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