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2016 Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir

2016 Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir

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Screw Cap
Central Otago
2016
750ml
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$64.99
Screw Cap
Central Otago
2016
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • If you can picture winemaking on the precipice, then the region of Waitaki is exactly that. Famed for not only being the home of the Rugby playing giant Richard McCaw but for also being one of the most rewarding places to grow Burgundian style Pinot, its a land with many challenges. Frost, rain, ripeness, cold-weather, snow; you name it. This is a tough old place to grow grapes.

    But when it does work out for you, and in years when the harvest isn't completely wiped out, you can get wines like the Ostler Caroline's Pinot, arguably one of the southern hemispheres most astute and debinaire Grand wines. The 2016 vintage has been declared the best ever wine made at Ostler, and we are proud to sell it here at MWG. Does kiwi Pinot get any better? We don't think so.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • Described by of one of the world’s foremost Burgundy pundits as a serious wine driven as much by terroir as fruit. This is not a wine for the faint-hearted and is testament to the skill & expertise of the vineyard crew that made it possible.

    From the signature ‘Clos Ostler’ Vineyard, from vines grown on loess soils overlaying solid limestone and marl. Floral – lavender/violet and savory aromatics - underpinned with jazzy dark summer fruit – cherry and plum. Intensely flavored with attractive fruit sweetness and impressive palate. Finishes with a distinctive chalky minerality – very much the Waitaki Valley’s terroir signature. While it retains the complexity, elegance and finesse this label has become known for, this is a ‘big’ pinot for the ultra-cool climate Waitaki. A wine that shows the benefit of several years’ bottle age and while drinking very well indeed now will reward further cellaring

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    The wine has a compelling bright, crimson/purple colour. Aromatically it is profound, showing some of the classic cool-climate Pinot characters of cranberry and dark cherry. There are exotic spice and a lovely mossy earthiness. Intriguing brown spice notes, anise & cinnamon with a tasty lick of black pepper emerge as a regional characteristic in the Waitaki. In the mouth the wine is sublime, in its extreme youth it feels energetic and vital, much like a young Burgundy. There is tension, fine grained, powdery tannins, crunchy acid and gently warming alcohol which provide a textural framework for the wine to express this amazing site. It is without doubt the finest Pinot Noir we have ever made.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • In 1998 soon-to-be-brothers-in-law Jim Jerram, a doctor in charge of Student Health at Otago University, Dunedin and Jeff Sinnott, Amisfield (and formerly Isabel) winemaker/Viticulturalist discussed the possibilities of planting grapes on a limestone escarpment in the Waitaki Valley which forms the border between Canterbury and Otago provinces. They eventually bought land in 2001 and planted their first block of Pinot Noir in August 2002. Jim Jerram is the leading pioneer of the developing Waitaki Valley viticultural region. His Ostler label is based in the hamlet of Kurow (where Richie McCaw played his first rugby) and has developed a fine reputation for pinot noir from Caroline’s vineyard (planted 2002) and aromatic whites from a variety of sources such as Blue House Vines. It is still early days, but the vines have now had just enough time to begin to feel at home in this unexplored environment. Not only did the Caroline's Pinot Noir 2010 win gold at the International Wine Challenge in London but it followed up with a gold medal again at Decanter’s World Wine awards. The name for the Ostler Vineyard comes from Jim’s great-grandfather, William Ostler, who came from Yorkshire to this area in the 1850s.The Waitaki climate is cooler than Central Otago, thanks to afternoon easterly breezes sucked in from the coast. However the ripening season is longer and so far with lower frost risks. Stylistically the toothsome Ostler Pinot Noir bears more than a passing resemblance to the crunchy wines of Beaune, than to either of its Kiwi neighbours. There has been a lot of hype about the new wine growing region in the Waitaki Valley, which forms the border between Canterbury and Otago provinces on the South Island.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 98 POINTS

    RAY JORDAN


    In less than 20 years Jim Jerram's Ostler wines from the Waitaki Valley on New Zealand's South Island has emerged as one of the shining lights of the country's wine industry. Jerram has been a regular visitor to WA, with his Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris gaining a strong following. But just recently he brought something extra special - his Caroline's Pinot Noir 2016, the finest New World Pinot Noir I have tasted. Second year of El Nino and it gave a good fruit set. The berries were very small and perfectly formed, providing great intensity and depth. Beautiful aromatics and the palate is sublime. Powerful and intense, with a subtle elegance. Wonderful fruit with fine chalky tannins and perfectly integrated oak. It was 20 per cent wholebunch fermented, which has given it structure. Power and precision, with great length, depth and intensity.

    97 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Deep, bright purple/red colour, much more saturated colour than earlier Ostler pinots. The aroma is fresh and bright, with loads of black plum and black cherry flavours and aromas. There is a higher level of concentration here, with excellent ripeness and textbook fruit character. Oak is very background: the fruit does the talking. But the wine is very young and demands a little extra time for best results. Intense fruit with firm but measured tannins, and a long, harmonious carry. A gorgeous, elegant but profound pinot that will do much to cement the reputation of this budding region. (To be released in a year's time. The extra year will only do it good.)

    96 POINTS

    BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW


    Dense, ripe and vibrant pinot noir with dark berry, cherry, liquorice, anise, plum and classy oak flavours. An impressive wine with power and potential, although it is deliciously drinkable now. It has an impeccable balance and a tantalisingly lengthy finish

    92 POINTS

    JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE


    The medium to full-bodied 2016 Caroline's Pinot Noir features ripe notes of cola, plum and black cherry but also fresh floral elements of rose petals and hints of thyme. The tannins are supple up front, then turn dustier on the finish, where subtle spice shadings appear and linger. This is as convincing an argument I've tasted for this little-known portion of Otago. 92+ Points.

    ACCOLADES


    Gold Medal & 96 Points - International Wine Challenge