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Locharburn 2018 Central Otago Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris

17 September,2018

Locharburn is the Central Otago winegrowing venture of Chris and Jenny Hill who have a 14 ha vineyard overlooking the Locharburn stream and Lake Dunstan on the Cromwell-Luggate highway. They have Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay planted, and they are both fully involved in the vineyard and management, with Jenny also operating her studio and gallery for her mixed-media and textile art work on-site. The Hills contract fruit out but have their own brand, launched in 2004, the labels bearing Jenny’s art. The wines appear to show the site’s personality of firmness in youth, but blossoming later, giving them good longevity. Jen Parr is the contracted winemaker, and in her inimitable style is subtly building in textures and complexities into the wines. Here, I review the 2018 Pinot Noir Rosé and Pinot Gris.


Locharburn Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, pale cerise-pink colour with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh and gently concentrated with vibrant aromas of strawberries and raspberries and cream, with cherries and fragrant florals and a suggestion of confectionary and esters. This has good depth and intensity. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate features a fine and elegantly concentrated, rounded core of raspberries and cream with strawberries, cherries, florals and hints of confectionary. The palate has good weight and presence, and the flavours are mouthfilling, flowing along a smooth-textured line with delicate acid freshness. The flavours carry to a refreshing, mouthwatering finish. This dry rosé has flavours of raspberries and cream with strawberries, cherries, with lifted florals on a rounded palate with plenty of body and a thirst-quenching finish. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit, clones 5, 777 and 667, vines 16 y.o., destemmed and held on skins several days, and fermented in stainless-steel with 15% in seasoned French oak puncheons to 13.5% alc. and 5.5 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Sep 2018 RRP $26.95

Locharburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a firm core of white stonefruits harmoniously melded with an amalgam of white and yellow florals, along with soft nutty elements, and hints of minerals. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has richness and lusciousness, with vibrant flavours of white stonefruits, stonefruit kernels, florals and subtle nutty notes, unveiling mineral suggestions, forming an elegant, positive heart. The wine flows along a slippery, soft-textured line with balanced and harmonious acidity, leading to a lingering finish of stonefruits and aromatic florals. This is a gently rich and luscious dry Pinot Gris with white stonefruit, floral and nutty notes forming an elegant heart, flowing along a slippery, fine-textured line. Match with most white meat courses over the next 3+ years. Larcombe and 2/15 clone fruit, vines 13-14 y.o., hand-picked, with half destemmed and pressed, the other half given overnight skin contact, fermented in oak and stainless-steel to 14.0% alc. and 5 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $27.95

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