2013 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir
The second wine under this label and another string in the bow of knowledge. As I indicated with the 2012 Central Otago Pinot Noir the roots of this wine are in satisfying a need. A need for a house wine but there is a subtext and that is the exploration of other fine Pinot Noir vineyard sites in the area. I hope that one day the Winter Vineyard will have a partner Single Vineyard wine from an equally expressive spot and this blend gives me the opportunity to find that place. Although predominantly from the Winter Vineyard, 40% comes from the Broken Arrow block at Lowburn. The marks of this vineyard are fruit power and generosity; I think the wine speaks for itself. Chrissi should be happy anyway.
Bright cherry and dark berry fruit emanate from this wine. Fresh, vibrant, lifted and fragrant, it’s clean and focused on fruity purity. There is some subtle spice and brooding complexity but it’s all wrapped in a cloak of fruit.
Depth yet compact, feminine yet muscular, it has fruit on a strong boned frame. Clean and vibrant with cherries and red berry fruit. There is some tannin about the entry but pillowy fruit on the mid palate. Generous and voluminous, comfortable like a new pair of Possum socks or Soft foot-bed Birkenstocks.
Spritely acidity balances well with the tannin backbone. It’s smooth yet tactile enough to give defined structure. Length and persistence, silky to the end. This wine is deceptively generous and drinkable but will grow in complexity and composure with time. 2016 and beyond with see it hit is straps.
3 to 7 years
- Picked on the 9th, 18th and 22nd April at or close to 24 Brix
- 60% Winter Vineyard, Bannockburn/40% Broken Arrow, Lowburn
- 40% Clone 5, 35% Dijon 115, 25% 777
- 10% Whole Bunch inclusion with the balance whole berry
- Bugger all new oak, maybe 5% but only because I ran out of nicely seasoned older barrels
- 500 dozen produced