Bannock Brae 2016 Cathy’s Rosé and Dry Riesling, and 2015 Goldfields Pinot Noir

Bannock Brae is the boutique Central Otago wine venture of Crawford and Catherine Brown, who own a small vineyard in Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn. The Browns’ vineyard was established in 1998 under the consultancy of Robin Dicey. Over the years, they have consolidated their holdings to around 2 ha, dedicated to Pinot Noir and Gruner Veltliner, the latter planted in 2008. The Browns source contract fruit to supplement their own. The Browns have had a number of winemakers make their wine, but the consistent success, particularly for Pinot Noir points to the quality of the fruit from their site. The Bannock Brae winemaker is Jen Parr. Here, I review the new 2016 ‘Cathy’s’ Rosé, the 2016 Dry Riesling employing "semi-oxidative” winemaking, and 2015 ‘Goldfields’ Pinot Noir, made in a more accessible style to their flagship.


  • Bannock Brae ‘Cathy’s’ Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
  • Bannock Brae Central Otago Dry Riesling 2016
  • Bannock Brae ‘Goldfields’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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