Central Otago, New Zealand Wine Region

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Central Otago, New Zealand
Latitude 45° / 15’S
Altitude 200 - 400 m
Mean January Temperature 15.6 to 19.5°C
Harvest Early April to late May
Wineries 79
Website www.centralotagopinot.co.nz

About Central Otago, New Zealand

Central Otago is New Zealand's most southerly wine region, as well as being its most inland and boasting the highest altitudes in the country. It has nailed its colours to Pinot Noir that occupies around 70% of plantings in Central Otago. Their su...

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Central Otago is New Zealand's most southerly wine region, as well as being its most inland and boasting the highest altitudes in the country. It has nailed its colours to Pinot Noir that occupies around 70% of plantings in Central Otago. Their success with the varietal seems to gain ground every year with wineries like Felton Road gaining rock star status.

The first vines were planted back in 1864, but nothing serious happened until 1972, when an experimental vineyard was planted near Alexandra. This was followed with further plantings at Rippon Vineyard and Lake Wanaka in 1975. The first commercial release from the region was in 1987, a Pinot Noir from the Gibbston Valley winery.

Located on the 45 parallel, the landscape of Central Otago is an untamed beast. Surrounded by mountains littered with lakes and gorges, it experiences the greatest seasonal temperature variation of any other wine region. This presents both a challenge and a gift to grape growers.

Containing the sub-regions of Bendigo, Bannockburn, Wanaka, Cromwell, Alexandra and Gibbston; the climate is truly continental. The summers are hot and dry, whilst the evenings are cool and the winter months very cold. The region tends to have few disease issues due to the dry climate, and frost never seems to be a problem because most vineyards are sitting on steep slopes.

The soils are dramatically different from any other region on New Zealand. The vineyards situated on steep slopes and terraces have their roots in dark schist rock, whilst others sitting on valley floors and lakes have siltier, sandy soils.

Style wise, the Pinot Noirs of Central Otago are generally elegant and long-lived with intense black cherry fruit when young. Locals also claim the wines carry the aroma of the thyme that grows wild in the region.

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Vintage Ratings

2001
9
EXCELLENT
8
GREAT
2002
9
EXCELLENT
9
EXCELLENT
2003
9
EXCELLENT
8
GREAT
2004
7
VERY GOOD
6
GOOD
2005
8
GREAT
7
VERY GOOD
2006
9
EXCELLENT
8
GREAT
2007
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2008
9
EXCELLENT
9
EXCELLENT
2009
7
VERY GOOD
7
VERY GOOD
2010
9
EXCELLENT
9
EXCELLENT
2011
7
VERY GOOD
7
VERY GOOD
2012
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data
2013
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data
2014
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data

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Wineries

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2013 Archangel Pinot Gris

The Archangel philosophy is to celebrate special moments between family and friends that evoke special memories. Based in Central Otago, this small...

Winery: Archangel | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $35.00 | OUR PRICE : $30.99
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2011 Kawarau Reserve Pinot Noir

Although it says reserve, there’s nothing reserved about this Pinot from Central Otago. It’s all class in a glass thanks to the quality of organic ...

Winery: Kawarau Estate | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $47.90 | OUR PRICE : $43.50
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2012 Kawarau Organic Sauvignon Blanc

People are fussier these days about the providence of their products, whether it’s a cut of beef or a glass of wine. This wine from Central Otago i...

Winery: Kawarau Estate | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $22.90 | OUR PRICE : $20.50
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2011 Akarua Pinot Gris

Appearance: Bright and clear with a pale golden hue. Nose: Lifted aromas of orange blossom and pear juice. Palate: A lush layered palate with...

Winery: Akarua | Region: Central Otago
RRP: $35.00 | OUR PRICE : $29.99
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2012 Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir

Hailing from Central Otago, this is a fruit-driven, richer style of pinot noir that shows lots of ripe red cherries, spice and dark plums on the no...

Winery: Mt Difficulty | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $62.25 | OUR PRICE : $45.99 (26% OFF)
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2010 Kawarau Organic Pinot Gris

If you’ve not tried a Pinot Gris from Central Otago, we think you should, even more so when you realize the fruit is organic so it will make your d...

Winery: Kawarau Estate | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $25.90 | OUR PRICE : $23.90
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2010 Kawarau Reserve Chardonnay

The winemakers at Kawarau believe that wine should be fun, that includes making it and drinking it. We whole-heartedly believe in the latter and on...

Winery: Kawarau Estate | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $33.90 | OUR PRICE : $31.00
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2011 Mt Difficulty Packspur Pinot Noir

This is another single vineyard offering that is part of the 'Growers Series' from Mt Difficulty. It has a different personality to the Target Gull...

Winery: Mt Difficulty | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $74.99 | OUR PRICE : $61.99
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2011 Amisfield Dry Riesling

The name suggests this is a dry style of riesling out of EnZed, however, it does have a smidgen of residual sugar, and it is at the riper end of th...

Winery: Amisfield | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $34.00 | OUR PRICE : $26.99
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2009 Wooing Tree Sandstorm Pinot Noir

Here we have a 'big boy' pinot noir that is ready to woo your senses. As with most Central Otago pinots, it's a sumptuous, 'fruit bomb' style that ...

Winery: Wooing Tree | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 5/5
RRP: $130.00 | OUR PRICE : $119.99
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2013 Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir

Owned by actor Sam Neill, the Two Paddocks 'Picnic' is made for earlier drinking, and shows lovely aromas of ripe strawberries, fleshy plums and ch...

Winery: Two Paddocks | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $36.00 | OUR PRICE : $27.99
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2013 Misha's Vineyard Dress Circle Pinot Gris

This is a stunning pinot gris out of Central Otago, made in a more off-dry style. There's loads of nashi pears, red apples, flaked almonds, honeysu...

Winery: Mishas Vineyard | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $31.00 | OUR PRICE : $25.99
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2009 Mt Rosa Pinot Gris

The pinot gris from Mt Rosa is getting plenty of kudos from wine critics, and one taste will tell you why. It's a medium-bodied, lush little number...

Winery: Mt Rosa | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $28.50 | OUR PRICE : $22.50
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2012 Mt Difficulty Sauvignon Blanc

There’s no difficulty finding good Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand, but it is difficult growing it in some of the most rugged terrain on earth. The ...

Winery: Mt Difficulty | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $29.99 | OUR PRICE : $25.50
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2011 Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay

Now, here's a serious chardy from one of EnZed's top producers that makes for intriguing drinking. Aromas of white stone fruits, honeysuckle floral...

Winery: Felton Road | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $58.95 | OUR PRICE : $48.99
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2010 Mt Rosa Pinot Noir

This pinot noir from Central Otago is stonkingly good value. It's rare to find one at this sort of price out of the region, so when you do it's bes...

Winery: Mt Rosa | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $34.00 | OUR PRICE : $28.95
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2012 Maude Central Otago Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is often seen as the holy grail of winemaking, it can be so incredibly frustrating to make but sometimes when all the factors come toget...

Winery: Maude Wines | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $44.95 | OUR PRICE : $34.55
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2010 Mt Difficulty Long Gully Pinot Noir

Winery: Mt Difficulty | Region: Central Otago
RRP: $103.00 | OUR PRICE : $85.99
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2013 Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir

The original Felton Road Pinot Noir and now something of a bargain considering the prices attained for the single block wines. A typically pretty, ...

Winery: Felton Road | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 5/5
RRP: $77.95 | OUR PRICE : $63.99
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2011 Bannock Brae Barrel Selection Pinot Noir

Hailing from Central Otago in EnZed, this is a full-on, fruit-bomb style of pinot noir that has some real power to it. Aromas of bright red berries...

Winery: Bannock Brae | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $71.00 | OUR PRICE : $58.99
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