The story of Doctor's Flat Vineyard begins in the late 1980s, in France and California, where Steve Davies first encountered great practitioners of old world winemaking, and the best of new world innovators. By 1999 Steve had settled in Central Otago, making Pinot for Akarua and on the hunt for his own land. He was looking for something in particular—a site that would offer all the conditions he had come to believe were essential for great Pinot. It was a long and thorough search, and in 2002 he found it, an elevated site on deep glacial gravels in Bannockburn. After then making wine for Carrick and supplying grapes to Valli, Steve's Doctor's Flat label is establishing a stellar reputation in New Zealand and overseas for sheer quality and command of both style and terroir.
What The Critics Say
5 Stars Michael Cooper
"The classy 2014 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, grown at Bannockburn, matured for a year in French oak barrels (25 per cent new), and bottled without fining or filtering. Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling, rich and savoury, with deep, ripe plum/spice flavours, showing excellent complexity, and fine-grained tannins. Very generous and savoury, it's approachable now, but likely to be at its best 2018+." Drink 2017 - 2022
95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"A stylish rendition from their estate vineyard in the Bannockburn district, the complex bouquet shows dark cherry, smoked game, black olive and mushroom characters with nuances of clove and dried herbs. The palate is concentrated and beautifully rounded, and delivers fabulous savoury undertones. Intense yet graceful. At its best: now to 2021. $48.00. www.doctorsflat.co.nz. Oct 2017."
5 Stars Raymond Chan
Dark ruby-red colour. This is elegant in expression with very good intensity. The dark-red berry fruit unveils savoury dried herb complexities. The palate is rich and vibrant. Some dried herb and whole bunch stalk complexity adds detail to the dark-red berry fruits. The tannins are fine-grained and the acidity enlivens the mouthfeel. This has an attractively sweet-fruited finish. 18.5/20
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