36 Bottles and Winesmiths 2013 Central Otago Pinot Noirs

The ‘36 Bottles’ Central Otago brand of Douglas Brett and Jane Young is taking large strides as it progresses from the initial release of a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Noir from the 2008 vintage to a range that includes a Rosé, Riesling and Chardonnay, as well as a second tier Pinot Noir under the ‘Winesmiths’ label. Not only is the portfolio expanding, but the quality of the wines is rising, with the Rosé 2013 earning 5-stars in Cuisine magazine, and both the Riesling and Chardonnay, also from the same vintage taking gold at the recent New World Wine Awards. 2013 seems to be a particularly good vintage for 36 Bottles, possibly reflecting the relationship that has grown between the contact winemakers James McElrea, and Sarah-Kate and Dan Dinneen of Maude winery. Douglas has also become even more hands-on than ever with the winemaking and blending roles.

In February earlier this year, my partner Sue (who is an agent for 36 Bottles) and I had the opportunity of having a preview tasting of the 2013 vintage 36 Bottles Pinot Noir as a barrel sample, presented by Douglas (click here to read my report). I thought it possibly the best Pinot Noir yet under the 36 Bottles label. In August this year, Sue and I also had input in the final blending decision for what would be the 2013 Winesmiths Pinot Noir. We found the process fun and believe that the wine would be a good one offering enjoyment and value. The wines have now been finished and bottled. Here are my reviews of the wines. www.36bottles.co.nz


  • Winesmiths Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • 36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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