Bannock Brae Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

14-Nov-2017

Bannock Brae is the Central Otago wine venture of Crawford and Catherine Brown who purchased 8 ha of land on Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn, planting Pinot Noir and Riesling in 1998. The first commercial vintage was in 2001, and it did not take long to establish the pedigree of their vineyard with gold medals and top awards for the Pinot Noirs that continue to come to this day. I attended a vertical tasting organised by Joelle Thomson, of the Pinot Noirs earlier this year, and was very pleased to see their aging ability (click here to see my report). The Browns have had a number of contract winemakers and the quality of the wines comes through regardless of winemaker ‘signature’. Jen Parr is their winemaker now, and they consider her a ‘star’. The Browns have downsized their vineyard progressively over time to ensure the proper manageability for them, and have approx. 2 ha which includes some Gruner Veltliner. The Pinot Noirs come in the secondary ‘Golfdfields’ label, and the flagship, formerly called the ‘Barrel Selection’, is now simply called Central Otago Pinot Noir. Here, I review the new release Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015. www.bannockbrae.co.nz


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