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Central Otago

Central Otago differs from every other New Zealand wine region and is closest to what France’s Burgundy has - a continental climate. Up in the Southern Alps maritime influence is minimal but sunlight is maximal - intense sun and heat benefit from the handbrake of very cool nights, so the acids stay alive and vibrant while the sugars ripen quickly in this short, very Southerly summer. Although Central doesn’t have much limestone the alpine soil is still stony and mineral rich, lending itself to the famous local Pinot Noir and stylish Chardonnay as well as Riesling, aromatics and superb but widely underrated minerally Sauvignon Blanc.  

Central Otago

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  1. 2016 Shaky Bridge Pioneer Central Otago Pinot Noir

    2016 Shaky Bridge Pioneer Central Otago Pinot Noir

    5 Stars Sam Kim
    Gorgeous ripe Pinot for the price! Incredible value from some of the oldest vines in Central. Shaky Bridge have always been exceptional, but the 2016 is something else! Bright, lush black fruits ...
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  2. 2015 Mt Difficulty Target Gully Central Otago Riesling

    2015 Mt Difficulty Target Gully Central Otago Riesling

    91 Points Richard Caro
    Seriously good Central Otago Riesling, this medium-sweet offering from Mt Difficulty is full of steely, sweet and sour charm. Limey citrus and apple notes dominate, with an alpine-feeling zingy ...
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  3. 2016 Mount Edward Central Otago Riesling

    2016 Mount Edward Central Otago Riesling

    91 Points Richard Caro
    One of New Zealand's best, from a producer Parker's Wine Advocate describes as a Riesling "fanatic" (that's a good thing). Mount Edward use organic among other strict practices, but mainly it is ...
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  4. 2016 Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Gris

    2016 Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Gris

    91 Points Richard Caro
    This Pinot Gris is all about texture and flavor. Pear, apples, & spicy tones are underlined by aromas of tropical fruit. ...
    • Air New Zealand Wine Awards - Elite Gold
    • Air New Zealand Wine Awards - Pure Silver
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  5. 2014 Carrick Bannockburn Riesling

    2014 Carrick Bannockburn Riesling

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    Lovely classic Central Riesling from a vineyard that know how to make this style. ...
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  6. 2015 Rocky Point Pinot Noir

    2015 Rocky Point Pinot Noir

    Rick’s Picks
    93 Points Bob Campbell
    This superb Central Pinot just won Gold at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Ripe dark and red fruits fill out this deep but balanced wine - a serious second label from top class producer ...
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  7. 2015 Wooing Tree 'Beetlejuice' Central Otago Pinot Noir

    2015 Wooing Tree 'Beetlejuice' Central Otago Pinot Noir

    18 Points Raymond Chan
    This highly regarded second label from Wooing Tree gives many $40 Pinots a run for their money. It is full of the sun-baked brightness and aromatics that Central does so well but it is also very ...
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  8. 2015 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir

    2015 Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir

    91 Points Richard Caro
    This is the entry level from Mt Difficulty. A drink-now Pinot Noir it has a sweet-fruited palate with the classic Central Otago notes of berries and dried herbs. A no-brainer for drinks or ...
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  9. 2014 Quartz Reef Otago Pinot Gris

    2014 Quartz Reef Otago Pinot Gris

    95 Points Bob Campbell
    Gorgeous stuff, the wonderful Quartz Reef Pinot Gris is a sure future classic. Expertly made by the famous Rudi Bauer, this wine captures the aromatic fruit purtiy and mineral streak of alpine ...
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  10. 2015 Lamont Central Otago Pinot Gris

    2015 Lamont Central Otago Pinot Gris

    91 Points Richard Caro
    Dry pinot gris from this tiny, quality focused vineyard who flies under the radar- well worth discovering. ...
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