Central Otago Wine

 

Cental Otago, located on the tip of New Zealand’s South Island is the world’s highest and most southerly wine region. It took quite some time to catch on. While wine-makers knew the cool, very dry climate must be good for something, they had a hard time figuring just what that might be. But by the late 1980s and 90s, it was clear, Pinot Noir was it. 
 
The summers in Central Otago are very hot and dry, while the winters are extremely cold and prone to early frost. Most of the grapes are planted on the north-facing side of high slopes to ensure the best sun exposure and limit frost potential. The hot days and cool nights ensure a long growing season and well-balanced grapes, given a further boost by the free-draining schist soil prevalent in the region. 
 
The Pinot Noir from Central Otago has a particular power and grace, with good fruit, earth, mineral and acid balance, though there is definite vintage variation. Other popular varietals grown are Chardonnay Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Central Otago View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Central Otago View all

  • Olssens of Bannockburn

    Bannockburn, "The Heart of the Desert", was the scene of its own gold rush during the mid to late...

  • Valli

    Valli is the creation of pioneering Otago winemaker Grant Taylor and is dedicated to producing li...

  • Waitiri Creek

    Waitiri Creek was established in 1993 with one vineyard and now harvests fruit from vineyards thr...

  • Carrick Wines

    Bannockburn, home to Carrick wines is found deep in the southern interior of the South Island of ...

  • Gibbston Highgate Estate

    Our vineyard is located on the north facing upper terraces of the Gibbston Valley. As with most o...

  • Peregrine Wines

    Peregrine Wines is located in the Gibbston region of Central Otago – just an easy 20 minute drive...

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Central Otago on Snooth

  • This was dinner on Saturday night with friendsStarted with a platter of Salami, ... 2014 Peregrine Pinot from Central Otago was a much more interesting Pinot, certainly a fruit driven raspberry flavour but certainly had some savoury characteristics which suggest to me some ageing potential definitely worth drinking  The Pinots were accompanied ... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington ... - ... ... - Ata Rangi rather than Central Otago - Felton RoadI tend to feel Central Otago can be too much on the raspberry fruit characteristic and lacking some more meaty earthy characteristics&nbs Read More

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  • Yes a littleMainly Central Otago and Martinborough PinotsHawkes Bay has a unique bit of dirt known as Gimlett Gravels which makes some very unique and delicious Shiraz, very different to ours and in very small quantitiesThey also produce some good chardonnayI have toured Marlborough twice as part of my work for Pernod and it is a quite beautiful... Read More

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  • Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2013

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    Nose is almost unpronounced to a hint of berry. Firm tannins, dry. Underwhelming at best. Read More

    Wine review by juice4me


  • Felton Road Pinot Noir Central Otago Block 5 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sanchee1


  • Loveblock Pinot Noir Central Otago 2012

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    Floral and earthy nose with licorice violets and rich syrupy cherries. More herbal notes in the mouth, basil and sage, with delicious ripe cherry and mixed berry fruit blossoming towards the finish blending with tart cranberry, blueberry and a creamy oaky finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rod Easthope Pinot Noir 2014

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    Not a big fan of Pinot Noir but this was a decent bottle. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Twelfth Night Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Velawines


  • Wild Rock Pinot Noir "cupid's Arrow" Central Otago 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by kendramoroz


  • Misha's Vineyard Impromptu Pinot Noir 2008

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    (Past tasting 5 Sep 2014) Rich dark red colour, with purple hues and edges. Fruity! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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