36 Bottles and Winesmiths

From a dream to make their own wine, Douglas Brett and Jane Young embarked on a course based the negotiant model where owners purchase fruit to be made into wine of the style they prefer. Their first vintage made in the garage in 1999 resulted in 36 bottles of wine which gave the name to their commercial operation. Their personal involvement in the sourcing of the fruit and the all-important blending process has given them reason to be called ‘winesmiths’ or artisans in the winemaking process. Douglas and Jane entered the market with the 2008 vintage with Central Otago Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and have the services and expertise of Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen of Maude Winery in Wanaka in crafting their wines. Since then, they have steadily built up their presence, and the ’36 Bottles’ label is about to begin the next phase of development. The last year has seen the introduction of a second label, ‘Winesmiths’ for wines which are more accessible, and new varieties and styles are planned to be added to the range, these being Riesling, Rosé and Chardonnay, all from Central Otago. Here I review the current range with the recent 2011 Pinot Gris and ‘Winesmiths’ Pinot Noir additions. I understand there is a cracker 2012 vintage 36 Bottles Pinot Noir in the works, and it will be a perfect follow-on to the 2010 vintage Pinot Noir which I rated 5-stars (click here to see) in January 2012. www.36bottles.co.nz


  • 36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011
  • Winesmiths Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

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