2016 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir

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This is great value in the context of Otago Pinot. Silken and sublime, great drinking now or in five years.

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This is PJ's 'village' Pinot Noir, a blend of two sites in Central Otago.

The aim here is to craft something that is complex yet approachable in its youth. The 2016 vintage sees a little whole bunch which gives a gentle smokiness to what is lovely ripe and open fruit. 

In the context of Central Otago Pinot Noir, this offers very good value for money. In fact, it was James Halliday's top wine of the 2018 Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT), beating out a field of top-flight Pinot Noir from Australia to Burgundy in Mr. Halliday's opinion, and happily, it was the cheapest of the twelve wines on tasting.

Plenty of power, plenty of fruit. A lovely example for the region which will only get better over the next 3-5 years.

The ongoing search for new and exciting terrior continues and our Vin du Chais, as has become the case, is the beneficiary. Len Evans, while not giving any direct reference or high praise, I'm sure would approved of our evolution towards our own Village style Pinot Noir.

The 2016 vintage introduces 2 new vineyard sites for us with Pinot Noir grapes from Archangel at Queensberry (halfway between Cromwell and Wanaka) and Doctors Flat in Bannockburn (more about this block later). Both blocks are over 10 years old and well established.
The Archangel fruit has found a happy bedfellow in our 2016 Central Otago with fruit from the Hawkesbury Vineyard.

Having worked with Hawkesbury for a number of years now, I am continually intrigued by the depth and complexity of character we achieve from what some in the past would have called marginal grape-growing sites. The Hawkesbury 667 Clone gives an openness and ethereal nature providing perfume and lift while the Archangel Abel clone delivers weight and abundance which builds the silky palate I like to see in this wine.

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