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Eight Ranges 2017 Rosé and Pinot Gris, and 2014 Pinot Noir

26 December,2017

Brian and Rebecca Biggs purchased 8 Ranges in 2016, taking over the 3 ha vineyard of Mark Borrie and Trevor Deaker who established the site on Hillview Road, Alexandra, in 2001. Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir were planted in 2003, yielding the first wines in the 2006 vintage. The site occupies a spectacular position at 297 m altitude, and there are 8 mountain ranges (actually 12) visible from the vineyard, these being Remarkables, Cairnmuir, Pisa, Dunstan, Hawkdun, Raggedy, Old Man and Old Woman. James Dicey tends to the viticulture, and the wines are now made by Matt Connell, the previous wines made by Antony Worch, with Lucie Lawrence vinifying the 2010-2012 vintages. 800 cases are made annually. Here, I review the 2017 Rosé and Pinot Gris, made by Matt Connell, and the 2014 Pinot Noir, made by Antony Worch.


Eight Ranges Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Moderately deep cerise-pink colour, lighter on the rim with youthful purple hues. The nose is full and well-packed with aromatic raspberry fruit entwined with bright red florals and nuances of confectionary, and lifted fresh fermentation esters. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate possesses deep and intense fruit flavours of raspberries and cream with subtle notes of fresh herbs, bright and vibrant floral elements entwined with confectionary. The palate features a firm, tight and thirst-quenching core, flowing with good energy along a fine-textured line with underlying lacy acidity. The flavours carry to a firm, lingering finish. This is a firm, taut and well-concentrated dry rosé with raspberry and cream, dark florals and confectionary notes. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 2+ years. Hand-picked clone 115 Pinot Noir fruit, fermented to 13.0% alc. and 5 g/L RS. 17.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $27.00

Eight Ranges Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the edge. The nose is softly fresh with restrained aromas of white stonefruits and pears, along with subtle notes of exotic white florals and pears with suggestions of honeysuckle. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a refined and elegantly concentrated core of white stonefruits and white florals, and nuances of pears and honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is refreshing with a fine, firm line of light phenolic textures and integrated acidity. The fine flows along a taut core, leading to a dry, aromatic finish. This is a taut, refined dry Pinot Gris with a core of white stonefruits and pears with fragrant florals. Match with mild Asian fare over the next 3 years. Hand-picked clone 2015 fruit, WBP and cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 6.5 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $27.00

Eight Ranges Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Even, moderately dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with a hint of purple. The nose is elegant in proportion with very good depth and intensity of dark-red cherry and berryfruits, the aromatics just beginning to show harmoniously melded savoury dark herb and nutty oak notes. The fruit is finely concentrated unveiling black floral and mineral elements. Medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated flavours of dark-red and black berry fruit with notes of dark herbs, liquorice, savoury spices with nutty oak and black mineral complexity. The palate has fine-grained tannin extraction, and soft, ripe acidity providing good presence. The wine carries with good energy to a long, lingering finish. This is an elegantly concentrated, dark-red and black fruited Pinot Noir with liquorice, herb and spice notes and nutty oak on a fine-textured palate. Match with duck, pork, beef and lamb over the next 5-6 years. Clones 5, 115 and 667, the fruit hand-picked, destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 25% new French oak. 18.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $38.00

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