2019 South River Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir
South River is the wine venture of Kenneth McGrath who is based in Auckland and has a farming and consultancy background. In 2012 Kenneth acquired the 31 ha vineyard on Maori Point Road on the flats of Tarras, Central Otago, which was established in 2005 by Robin and James Dicey. It is planted to 20.5 ha of Pinot Noir, and 10.5 ha of Pinot Gris, of various clones on grafted rootstock. Jason Thompson of Viticultura has the on-site vineyard management responsibilities, and Kenneth and Jason are working towards BioGro organic certification. Much of the fruit is contracted to Matua and Chard Farm, with the inaugural own-label South River wines coming from the 2014 vintage. The winemaker is Antony Worch of Alexandra Vintners. Here, I review multiple vintages of the Pinot Rosé, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. (Raymond Chan)
What The Critics Say
"Crafted by Antony Worch at Alexandra Vintners and carefully shepherded to the winery by the multi-talented Kenneth McGrath, this pinot noir is hugely aromatic and heaving with berry blossoms, black tea and motorcycle-leathers. Wild cherry, blueberry and fuzzy, woolly notes make this a fresh, youthful yet highly complex pinot noir. Apple skin astringency and warmth on the finish make this a memorable sip and showcases how a challenging vintage can be carefully handled. Very youthful, so hang on to it for another year or three."
|Maturity||2022 - 2026|
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