Black Quail Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Rod and Mirani Keillor established Black Quail Estate in 1999 when they purchased a 20 ha block at the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn. In 2001 they planted 7.17 ha of Pinot Noir, approx. 49% to clone 10/5, with 29% clone 115, 10% each clones 5 and 6, and the remainder to 667 and 114. Their vineyard is tended by viticulturist Gary Crabbe and their winemaker is Francis Hutt of the nearby Carrick winery. The wines made to date have proven to be very successful on the judging circuit and in tastings, and I have rated the vintages I have reviewed highly. Here, I review the new release 2013 Pinot Noir.

As an aside, Mirani Keillor reports that in the second last week of July, they harvested their second crop of Black Perigold Truffles from around the 240 Hazel trees at the end of the vineyard. They inoculated the trees with spores 12 years ago, the first crop yielding around 2 kg last year. There will be about the same amount, maybe a little more this year. The truffles go to family and friends and restaurants that stock the Black Quail Pinot Noir. The Black Quail Estate is the world’s southernmost Black truffiere. www.blackquail.co.nz


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