2018 Chard Farm Viper Pinot Noir

Elegant Central Otago Pinot, with a silky palate and plenty of intensity.

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The Viper is one of the lighter styles from Chard Farm's range of Central Otago Pinots. It is sourced from the shores of Lake Dunstan in the Cromwell Basin, a little to south of Chard Farm's home block, which is a cool, late-ripening site.

Floral and herbal on the nose with a fine, loose-limbed palate that reveals itself slowly rather than with an explosive bang.

A nice rejoinder to those who think Otago is full of ripe blockbuster Pinots.

Viper Vineyard Pinot Noir is made from grapes grown in the Grandstand Block of the Viper Vineyard in the Parkburn area on the western side of Lake Dunstan. The vineyard takes it name from the wildflower ”Vipers Bugloss” that covers the area. This vineyard sits on an undulating terrace above the valley floor. The Viper is always made from the Grandstand block in the vineyard, and the wine always stands out as uniquely in the cellar as it does in the bottle.

The bouquet has intense and complex aromatics featuring alternating bursts of blue fruits, woody herbs, sweet florals and black spice. The palate features lithe fruit and fine tannins that give great expansion, energy and freshness delivering a long flavourful finish. The finely balanced fruit and acid provides great precision and clarity to an elegant wine.

94 Points - "Pale ruby colour from the Parkburn vineyard in Cromwell. Bright, fresh, elegantly-perfumed pinot noir with cherry, saline-mineral, floral, violet, Restrained wine with great purity and an ethereal texture. Bone-dry with cellaring potential. Good food wine." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)

91 Points - "There was a little development already appearing in the 2018 Chard Farm Viper Vineyard Pinot Noir (A$85/NZ$79). Otton described: “Ripe red berry fruits with hints of dried herb and leaf. Complex secondary characters with delicate nuanced fruit, earthy and savoury to finish.” Those complex overtones added savoury elements to the nose, while the palate retained its raspberry flavours and elegant structure. The wine should age beautifully." - Gourmet Wine Traveller (June/ July 2021)

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