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

Wine Vintage

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Wineries

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2012 Wooing Tree Rose

For a Rose, this is quite a musclebound number. Made from pinot noir, this is a dry style that shows lots of red berries and cherries on the nose, ...

Winery: Wooing Tree | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $31.00 | 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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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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NV Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle

If you are going to go the whole hog and buy proper bubbly then Methode Traditionelle bottle ferment is the only way to go as it gives the resultin...

Winery: Quartz Reef | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 5/5
RRP: $41.95 | OUR PRICE : $29.99 (28% OFF)
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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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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 Lowburn Chardonnay

This is a lovely, almost tropical style of chardy that has seen some moderate oak. Aromas of peaches, melons and citrus adorn the nose, along with ...

Winery: Mt Difficulty | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $34.99 | OUR PRICE : $28.99
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2011 Akarua Pinot Noir

Displays intense black fruit flavours and the complexity that Bannockburn Pinot Noir is renowned for.  Appearance: Deep red/Bright/Ruby. No...

Winery: Akarua | Region: Central Otago
RRP: $55.00 | OUR PRICE : $45.99
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2013 Maude Central Otago Pinot Gris

The cool and dramatic backdrop of Central Otago is often translated into their wines. This wine was crafted using fruit from the Maude family viney...

Winery: Maude Wines | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $25.95 | OUR PRICE : $20.99
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2012 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris

Winery: Mt Difficulty | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
RRP: $23.99 | OUR PRICE : $18.99
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2009 Misha's Vineyard Verismo Pinot Noir

Misha’s Vineyard is located on a spectacular site in New Zealand on the edge of Lake Dunstan in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago. The sun d...

Winery: Mishas Vineyard | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $65.00 | OUR PRICE : $54.99
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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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2010 Rippon Young VIne Riesling

A rather generous is intriguing to hear that this is considered to be a simple wine, for it carries a delicacy of texture and a certain finesses t...

Winery: Rippon Vineyard | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $40.00 | OUR PRICE : $31.50
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2012 Hinton Estate Pinot Noir

The Hinton’s have been growing fruit in the Central Otago region for four generations but it’s only since the late 90s that they decided to plant v...

Winery: Hinton Estate | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
RRP: $44.95 | OUR PRICE : $36.50
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2010 Hinton Hill Country Pinot Noir

The first person who made wine in the Central Otago region must have been a visionary or slightly nutty, perhaps just lucky, because it’s not the m...

Winery: Hinton Estate | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $29.95 | OUR PRICE : $24.99
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2012 Wooing Tree Beetle Juice Pinot Noir

This wine is no relation to the ghost with the most, babe! It actually refers to the endangered Chafer Beetle that is only found in the Cronwell re...

Winery: Wooing Tree | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $47.00 | OUR PRICE : $36.99
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2012 Gibbston Valley Gold River Pinot Noir

Pioneers and visionaries are oft mistaken for nutters such was the case with winemaker Alan Brady who planted vines in Central Otago in the 1980s. ...

Winery: Gibbston Valley | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $37.00 | OUR PRICE : $29.99
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2012 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc

While Marlborough may well be considered the beating heart of Savvy production in New Zealand, Central Otago is muscling in on the act with wines l...

Winery: Amisfield | Region: Central Otago| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
RRP: $29.50 | OUR PRICE : $24.50
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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 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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