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Black Ridge Central Otago 2017 Old Vine Riesling and 2014 Pinot Noir

02 February,2018

Black Ridge is one of the modern pioneers of Central Otago winegrowing, being planted by Verdun Burgess and Sue Edwards in 1981. The hardness of the rocky schist soils required the dynamiting of the ground to enable the planting of vines. There are 9 ha of vines in Conroys Gully, Earnscleugh, just out of Alexandra, these being the Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Briedecker varieties, some of these now over 35 years old. The Pinot Noir clones are 5, 6, 10/5, 113, 115, 667 and 777. The first clone planted in 1981 was Bactobel. The vines now range in age from 37 to 20 years old. Joss Purbrick, a geologist and Belinda Green, a cardiologist, purchased Black Ridge in 2014, to continue the dream of the founders. The vineyard is tended by Marc Hatfield and Pam Ross, and organic regimes are now employed. The wines made on site in the winery built in 1992 by Kevin Clark and Fred Reinds. Ngarita Warden is the business manager. Here I review the 2017 Old Vine Riesling and 2014 Pinot Noir. www.blackridge.co.nz

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Black Ridge ‘Old Vine’ Central Otago Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

18+/20

Brilliant pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the edge. The nose is taut and tightly bound with refined and gently penetrating aromas of lime fruit, white florals and wet-stone mineral elements along with a suggestion of toast. This has purity, clarity and precision. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has finely concentrated flavours of limes and lemonade with white floral notes, toast and minerals. The mouthfeel possesses very fine textures from the fruit extract and phenolics, lending a chalky mouthfeel. The acidity is firm and lacy and the wine flows with good linearity to a lingering finish of lime and minerals. This is a taut and refined off-dry Riesling with lime, floral and mineral flavours on a fine-textured palate with intensity and linearity. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 5-6 years. Old vine fruit cool-fermented to 11.5% alc. and 9 g/L RS, TA 10.5 g/L and pH 2.9. 18.0+/20 Feb 2018 RRP $26.00

Black Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

17.5-/20

Moderately deep garnet-hued red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion with secondary fruit aromas of savoury red berry fruit entwined with dried thyme herbs, along with a complexing layer of undergrowth and nutty oak elements. The aromatics form a well-concentrated core. Medium-full bodied, the palate has lively fruit flavours of savoury red cherry and berry fruits melded with dried herbs, some undergrowth elements with earthy and nutty notes. The palate has good depth and presence, and the fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin textures lending a subtle core and line. This has good acidity and energy, and the wine carries to an elegant finish. This is an elegant Pinot Noir with savoury secondary red fruits, herbs and undergrowth notes on a fine-textured palate with good liveliness. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged one year in 2-4 y.o. French oak. 17.5-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $38.00

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