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2010 Ostler Pinot Noir, Caroline's, Waitaki Valley, Central Otago

2010 Ostler Pinot Noir, Caroline's, Waitaki Valley, Central Otago

Red | Drink now | Code:  11114 | 2010 | New Zealand > Waitaki Valley | Pinot Noir | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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Wine Spectator - The Ostler Caroline’s 2010 reminds me of a fine Chambolle-Musigny, a Burgundy village noted for its layered, perfumed Pinot Noirs made from limestone soils. Frankly, I can’t think of higher praise than that. Hard to find, but worth the effort.

..when you taste the 2010 vintage of Ostler Vineyards’ Caroline’s Pinot Noir you know in a single sip why Waitaki Valley is a rare and remarkable region. What’s it got? It has what Pinot Noir lovers around the world know are the two magic words:coolness and limestone I’ve tasted three vintages of the Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir (2008, 2009 and 2010), and based on that sampling I can testify that the stunning 2010 is no anomaly. The same features keep showing up in the wine: striking minerality; crisp, refreshing acidity; and a pure, beautifully delineated panoply of the grape’s signature berry flavors.
My Wines of the Year - Matt Kramer - Wine Spectator - Dec-2013

Other - This wine is as pure as a glimmering mineral; think scented black cherries and incredible finesse. 
Olly Smith - The Mail On Sunday - March 2014

The Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

The Region

Waitaki Valley

Waitaki Valley

New Zealand's newest wine region, Waitaki is an breathtakingly beautiful, remote valley between Canterbury and Central Otago. The challenging climate (constant risk of severe frost) has earned the region the distinction of being a marginal viticultural area, with Pinot Noir grapes being the star performer.

The area was first planted in 2001 and the vineyards are mostly small, intensively managed and produce a range of distinctive cool climate wines (Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürtztraminer, with a small quantity of Arneis).

Brothers-in-law Jeff Sinnott and Jim Jerram have been the pioneers in Waitaki. In 2002 they founded Ostler Wines to produce distinctive, low-yielding, cool climate wines.

The resulting long and slow fruit ripening process, and the region's complex geological origins (with limestone, alluvial greywacke and schist soils) contribute to wines that demonstrate a distinctive minerality and freshness of fruit flavours.

These wines frequently possess a notable lingering finish on the palate in addition to fragrant aromatics. Gewürztraminer is especially fragrant, with rose petals, lychee, cinnamon & ginger characters.

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