2018 Carrick Billet-Doux Pinot Noir

93 Points Richard Caro
In stock
A lovely natural wine from serious Central Otago players, Carrick. Thier longstanding ethos of organic winemaking has allowed winemaker Francis Hutt to strike out with a beautiful label or two of natural wine. Made without sulphites or additives by strictly non-intervention methods, this wine offers a sort of sophisticated simplicity in which the bright juicy fruit doesn't feel too crafted, retaining a nice directness within its flow of linear acidity and fine tannins. Not rustic but more a celebration of the natural elements in wine, Carrick's love letter ('Billet-Doux') is an adventurous and charming wine experience. (No sulphites added)
$29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle


Pinot Noir

Its Origins

Carrick is an integrated organic vineyard, winery, restaurant and cellar door in Bannockburn Central Otago. Known for their quality premium Pinot Noir, Carrick also grows and makes Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc; wines noted for their fruit expression and clarity. Steve Green, the owner-manager of Carrick, the viticulturist, the winemaker and the chef brings understanding and experience to making fine wine and food. This pride is reflected in the care of the vineyard and environment – Carrick has a flock of free range hens, giant compost heaps and a community garden, all part of the Carrick philosophy.

What The Critics Say

Winemaker notes on current 2018 vintage

"Schist based alluvial loess soils, 30 meters deep. 100% Pinot Noir from own rooted vines, planted 1998. Biodynamic principles, practiced from 2011. Organic certification to European Union equivalence. All fruit hand-picked and destemmed. Aged for 11 months in French oak. Zero additions. Bottled March 2019, no added Sulphur. 13.8% alc/Vol. 700 x 6 bottle cases The question is one of accessibility, flow and form."

95/100 The Wine Front, Mike Bennie (2017 vintage)

"Big blind tasting, but this one stood out, not least because it was different, but also delicious. Wonderful label, now I see it! Delightful. Smells like Foillard with its peaty/earthy notes, ozone. Ripe cherry, some flowers, spice and the like. Fleshy, yet fresh, with a little slurry of ripe tannin, a slight edginess, raspberry and cherry, rolling silty finish of freshness and length. Expressive."

17.5-/20 Raymond Chan (2016 vintage)

"Light red with slight purple hues. The nose is tightly bound, quite elegant, a tad lean and slender, but with fine concentration of red berry fruits with herb and earthy interest. On palate richer than the nose suggests, but still taut and slender in expression. The fruit is not shy, showing freshness and brightness. Lifted by herbal elements that carry to a light finish. 100% Abel clone, certified BioGro organic, destemmed and fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in neutral oak, total sulphur at < 10 ppm. 17.5-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $36.00."

Variety Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.80%
Maturity Natural Wine is not recommended for aging, and the unique styles mean we can't assist with returns or refunds for quality issues

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with PORK



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