Central Otago wine tasting

Some stand-out wines for summer

She who must be obeyed booked us into the Central Otago Pinot wine tasting at the Royal Automobile Club in Sydney recently. It was hosted by the Pinot Shop, Tasmania. It was a wet and windy evening when we entered the grand room which brought together Central Otago wineries focusing on Pinot Noir but also Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rose and the odd sparkler.

Standout Pinot Noirs

  • Nevis Bluff2010 Nevis bluff. $37 Point score 18.5 out of 20

One of the original producers of Central Otago, Nevis Bluff has been producing premium Pinot Noir since 1999. The name comes from the striking rock formation in the Gibbston Valley where the original vineyard was planted. Nevis Bluff now sources all fruit from the L’Attitude vineyard in the warmer Lowburn sub-region. Nevis Bluff Pinots are aged prior to release which is probably why I favoured this cracker.

  • 2013. Valli Gibbston $72 18 out of 20
  • 2013. Valli Bendigo. $68. 17.5 out of 20

Grant Taylor, the winemaker at Valli aims to be invisible. A tall order one could say, given his big personality, bags of enthusiasm and pioneering pinot work in Otago. Valli was founded in 1993 and features a range of single vineyard Pinot Noirs & Rieslings, including Taylor’s own Valli vineyard in Gibston.

  • 2012 Domain Road $45 18 out of 20

Domain Road in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago has a proud pinot pedigree, including the Regional TROPHY at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 for the 2009 Domain Road Pinot.

On the night, the 140+ crowd voted for their favourite wines. Pinot noir reigned supreme.

Listed below are the favourite six pinots, in voter preference with Akarua at No 1.

  1. Domain Road Pinot2012 Akarua Pinot Noir $48:
  2. 2013 Valli Gibbston Pinot Noir $72:
  3. 2010 Prophet’s Rock Pinot Noir $59:
  4. 2013 Two Degrees Pinot Noir $35
  5. 2013 Quartz Reef Bendigo SV Pinot Noir $54:
  6. 2012 Domain Road Pinot Noir $45:

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