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Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

20 June,2018

The Central Otago ‘Wild Earth’ wine brand was established by Quintin Quider when he planted Pinot Noir in Bannockburn and Lowburn in 1998 and 1999. The Bannockburn site with its 10/5 Pinot Noir clone is attributed to the quality and character of the Wild Earth Pinot Noirs, despite Quintin contracted different (all high profile) winemakers to make the wine. Quintin has since sold his vineyards and concentrates on his cellar door and restaurant where he serves a broad range of his wines, made by Jen Parr since 2015. Quintin still obtains fruit from his former site, and this no doubt contributes to the continuity of quality and style. Here, I review the current 2015 release of the Pinot Noir.


Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Garnet-hued ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with complex aromas of savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with dark and dried herbs, and some whole bunch stalk elements. An amalgam of red florals, game and earthy nuances unfold to provide detail and interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, sweet and up-front flavours of savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruits that form an elegantly concentrated core. The flavours are complexed by earth and herbal loft. The mouthfeel is smooth and seamless, with very fine-grained tannin extraction in support with fine, lacy acidity providing energy. The mouthfeel is very harmonious and the wine carries to a long, concentrated savoury finish. This is a soft and sweet-fruited smooth-flowing Pinot Noir with complex savoury dark-red cherry and berry fruit, notes of herbs and game, earth and florals on an elegant palate. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from a single site in Bannockburn, hand-picked and fermented with 20% whole bunches on average to 14.3% alc., the wine spending 3-4 weeks on skins and aged 12 months in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.0+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $46.00

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