Black Ridge Central Otago 2017 Old Vine Riesling and 2014 Pinot Noir

02-Feb-2018

Black Ridge is one of the modern pioneers of Central Otago winegrowing, being planted by Verdun Burgess and Sue Edwards in 1981. The hardness of the rocky schist soils required the dynamiting of the ground to enable the planting of vines. There are 9 ha of vines in Conroys Gully, Earnscleugh, just out of Alexandra, these being the Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Briedecker varieties, some of these now over 35 years old. The Pinot Noir clones are 5, 6, 10/5, 113, 115, 667 and 777. The first clone planted in 1981 was Bactobel. The vines now range in age from 37 to 20 years old. Joss Purbrick, a geologist and Belinda Green, a cardiologist, purchased Black Ridge in 2014, to continue the dream of the founders. The vineyard is tended by Marc Hatfield and Pam Ross, and organic regimes are now employed. The wines made on site in the winery built in 1992 by Kevin Clark and Fred Reinds. Ngarita Warden is the business manager. Here I review the 2017 Old Vine Riesling and 2014 Pinot Noir. www.blackridge.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Black Ridge ‘Old Vine’ Central Otago Riesling 2017
  • Black Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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