2021 Neck of the Woods Central Otago Pinot Noir
"Neck of the Woods’ is the wine brand of AJ Johnson, a television industry man who started his wine journey in the vineyard and working with the wine at Mountford in North Canterbury. AJ flitted between wine and television for around 15 years, before he decided to start his own brand. His model is as a negociant as AJ does not own vineyards, but has good relationships with specialty growers in Central Otago, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. The first release was the 2016 Gibbston Pinot Noir. Jen Parr crafted the below range." Raymond Chan Reviews
What The Critics Say
95/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"Complex and enticing, the wine shows black cherry, olive, fennel and cedar nuances on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate that's refined and persistent. Wonderfully complemented by plush texture and layers of fine-grained tannins, finishing superbly long and graceful. At its best: now to 2030."
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2020 vintage)
"Complex and youthful, new and inviting. .. Taut and textured, youthful and precise, a core of dark red berry fruits and plum, a savoury dried herb layer folds in texture, complexity and breadth. Tannins and acidity engage all the palate sensors with the core of fruit for contrast. A delicious yet youthful wine with a lengthy finish."
5 Stars, Raymond Chan Reviews, Candice Chow (2020 vintage)
"Deep purple with a ruby hue, slightly lighter edged. This has a youthful and soft bouquet with vivid aromas of blackberries, cherries, and dark herbs entwined with a hint of floral, liquorice and allspice. Medium-full bodied, purely expressed aromas of blackberries, cherries melded with violet, thyme and black liquorice, unfolding cloves and black pepper. The fruit shows purity and ripeness, growing with depth, and black pepper extended the palate, adorned by violet and stalk elements. Youthful oak details contributed spice and structure and appeared with a dusty mouthfeel supported by lively acidity. This has a velvety line with pure fruit expression, herb and floral elements, spice structure and an elegant finish. Match with duck and hare over the next 6-8 years. 13.5% alc. Fruit sourced from the Van der Mark Vineyard on China Terrace in Bendigo, clones 667, Abel, 828, 5, 943, handpicked, fermented in 3 batches, average 30% whole bunch, 24 days on skins. aged in French oak barriques for 11.5 months, 20% new oak."
|2023 - 2030
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