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      Central Otago

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      Central Otago
      Latitude
      Altitude
      200 - 400 m
      Growing Season Rainfall
      Mean January Temperature
      15.6 to 19.5°C
      Harvest
      Early April to late May
      Wineries
      38
      Website
      Cracka Rating 0

      About Central Otago

      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. (Image supplied by Wooing Tree)

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      2009 Mt Patriarch Pinot Noir

      2009 Mt Patriarch Pinot Noir

      Mt Patriarch is better known for their Marlborough Pinots, but here they've uncovered a Central Otago Pinot too! Sourced from sites around the Cromwell Basin, this light and meaty Pinot is just the ticket for easy drinking

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Central Otago
      2014 St Bathans 'The Abbey' Pinot Noir

      2014 St Bathans 'The Abbey' Pinot Noir

      St Bathans is a beautiful little gold mining town in Central Otago, lying just over the Pisa Range from Bannockburn and the rest of 'Central'. What makes this part of NZ special is all about that perfect combination of sun and dirt, with St Ba...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Central Otago
      2009 Hell or Highwater Pinot Gris

      2009 Hell or Highwater Pinot Gris

      This is a rich, luscious style of Pinot Gris with loads of tropical fruit, think guava, peach, pineapple and lychee.

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago
      2014 Quails Run Pinot Noir

      2014 Quails Run Pinot Noir

      It's back! Three long years have passed since we last had a Quails Run Central Otago Pinot Noir here at Cracka HQ and boy are we glad to see it return! That delicious bright red fruit that had wooed us back in 2013 is there again, with this de...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago
      NV Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle

      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 resulting wines texture, elegance, grace and loads of complex toasty brioche/croissant flavours. It is almos...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Central Otago
      2008 Kawarau Estate Pinot Noir

      2008 Kawarau Estate Pinot Noir

      The Central Otago region in New Zealand is one of the most dramatic and inhospitable regions on the planet, yet they mange to make Pinot of immense purity. The Kawarau has the added bonus of being crafted with organic fruit to ensure that when pai...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago
      2012 Misha's Vineyard Impromptu Pinot Noir

      2012 Misha's Vineyard Impromptu Pinot Noir

      A definition of impromptu is to be prompted by an occasion rather than being planned in advance, which sounds like the perfect situation to crack one of these puppies open! It's stunning value for a pinot noir, and shows appealing smells of black ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago
      2011 Rippon Vineyard Jeunesse Young Vine Pinot Noir

      2011 Rippon Vineyard Jeunesse Young Vine Pinot Noir

      I think they underplay the quality of this Pinot Noir do Rippon for it is still a lovely wine of some weight and complexity. The joy of course is the black fruits and gentle lick of sweetness, the acidity firm enough to make for something of a com...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Central Otago
      2014 Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 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 like this from Amisfield. This is a more complex take on the variety with punchy fruit and flinty in...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago
      2013 Chard Farm River Run Pinot Noir

      2013 Chard Farm River Run Pinot Noir

      This is quite a lovely, elegant style of pinot noir out of Central Otago that isn't a 'fruit bomb'! Svelte, sweet smells of red and dark berries waft out of the glass, along with some dried thyme and subtle purple florals. The palate is medium-bod...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago
      2012 Archangel Pinot Noir

      2012 Archangel Pinot Noir

      There’s no doubting that Pinot Noir from Central Otago has established itself on the world stage with some convincing credentials. If you like your Pinot a bit more concentrated and intense then this is for you, it’s quite a cerebral interpretatio...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Central Otago
      NV Akarua Rose

      NV Akarua Rose

      This bottle of pink bubbles is quite a rich number, with lots of strawberries, roast nuts and buttered toast on the nose, whilst the palate is plush and red fruited, with a creamy texture, fine bubbles, and a lingering, toasty finish.

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago
      2013 Rabbit Ranch Pinot Gris

      2013 Rabbit Ranch Pinot Gris

      Central Otago is turning out to be an appropriate place to grow grapes, considering its remoteness, hot days and cold night. A place of extremes it would seem, but capable of greatness and famed for its Pinot, Chardonnay and now Pinot Gris, as the...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Central Otago
      2012 Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir

      2012 Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir

      Ahh Grasshopper! There's something a little kung fu about this excellent little pinot noir as it seduces the senses and sashays over the palate like a smooth tai chi move. It's a fuller-bodied, fruit bomb style that shows lots of cherries, dark pl...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Central Otago
      2014 Misha's Vineyard Dress Circle Pinot Gris

      2014 Misha's Vineyard Dress Circle Pinot Gris

      There's loads of nashi pears, red apples, flaked almonds, honeysuckle and subtle stone fruits decorate the nose, whilst the palate is lighter-bodied and rich in texture, with a kiss of sweetness upfront, pear and citrus flavours, poised acidity le...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Central Otago
      2014 Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir

      2014 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 cherries on the nose, with hints of licorice and toast. The palate is medium-bodied and quite fruity, ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago
      2013 Archangel Pinot Gris

      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 but impressive winery has turned its hand to the great white hope of the region. If Marlborough has...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Central Otago
      2014 Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling

      2014 Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling

      Owned by actor Sam Neil, this is no rich persons hobby farm. The wines from Two Paddocks are serious contenders in the wine world, and this bonny little riesling is no different. An abundance of limy citrus, white stone fruits and lemon sorbet ris...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Central Otago