Mount Edward's approach to winemaking is simple - wines should at their best express the place where they come from, transparently, whilst at the same time reflecting a house style of winemaking. And they do just that.
Through using only organically grown fruit, and the use of natural yeasts and minimal intervention in the winery, Mount Edward craft wines that speak of place with precision, clarity and a sense of vibrancy.
While they grow a number of different varieties, their heart is all about Pinot Noir, making wines that are just delicious - textural, subtle, moreish wines - each different from the next, each unique to their place and style.
This wine comes of Mount Edward's own Morrison Vineyard, from their Lowburn estate. The single site wines are only made in years where the fruit quality is deemed to be good enough.
Morrison Vineyard is a 7.5 hectare vineyard situated at the foothills of the Lowburn valley terraces. It is Mount Edward's Estate vineyard in Lowburn, visible from state highway 6 to Wanaka and is our oldest Pinot Noir vineyard having been first planted in 1997. The vineyard is comprised of two main soil types, a silt / clay loam over schist based alluvial gravels and a fine loam over schist based alluvial gravels. Elevation is 220m. The vineyard has 5 ha of Pinot Noir planted with a mix of Pinot Clones, primarily Pommard and Abel plus a selection of the Dijon clones 777, 667 and 115. It is cropped at an average of 30 hectolitres per hectare.
Founded in 1997, the winery was originally started as a small personal project, a very traditional style of winery producing Pinot Noir and Riesling. We have morphed into completely different growers over the last 2O years, driven by a desire to be progressive and individual. Organically run, with each and every wine wanting to be a pleasure to drink.
Our heart is all about Pinot Noir, making wines that are just delicious – textural, subtle, moreish wines – each different from the next, each unique to their place and our style. We grow and make a variety of other wines to keep the head happy, everything from Pet Nat to Orange to Gamay to Chardonnay – we even have the odd Riesling for the dedicated amongst us.
"The mountainous Gibbston area is home to a few up-and-coming greats such as... Mount Edward."
Lisa Perrotti Brown, Wine Advocate
"The Mount Edward Riesling, My god it's so good it could be JJ Prum."
"How good are these Pinot Noirs? Damn good... Compelling Pinot Noir is a matter of layered dimensionality where you don't discover everything about a wine in one sip. Happily wineries such as Mount Edward deliver such multi dimensional goods."
Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator
"My six top producers in New Zealand are Ata Rangi, Felton Road, Mount Edward, Mt Difficulty, Martinborough Vineyard and Neudorf."
"One of the more arresting sights during my time in Central Otago, was winemaker Duncan Forsyth's pastel blue suit straight out of Saturday Night Fever. Fortunately his vinous sense is better than his sartorial and Mount Edward continues to produce great Pinot Noir."
Neal Martin, Wine Journal
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
It is deeply spicy and savoury with herb-scented notes on the nose showing dark fruit, charcuterie, thyme, dried flower, black olive and toasted nut characters, leading to a meticulously expressed palate that is concentrated, flowing and firmly structured. The wine offers gamey/spicy notes with layers of fine texture and sweet berry undertones, backed by fine, grainy tannins. Serious and exceptionally good.
This really is quite the wine. It delivers a super suave and dark fruited impression that is packed with ripe red cherry, dark cherry and dark berry fruits. There's a layer of sweet-smelling perfume, too. Extremely impressive. The palate is seamless and supple with fine silky tannins that are bathed in ripe succulent cherry flavor. Breathtaking freshness and depth. Drink now. Screw cap.
CAMERON DOUGLAS MS
Complex mineral, ripe berries and soft wild herb scents; newish oak and light brown spices. Equally complex palate, concentrated, lush and rich in pinosity, abundant fine tannins; very lengthy finish.
BOB CAMPBELL MW
From Mount Edward's own vineyard in Lowburn. Rich, mellow and warming pinot noir, with succulent ripe plum and dark cherry flavours that are supported by spicy oak. A very seductive wine.