Carrick 2017 ‘Unravelled’, 2016 ‘Crown and Cross’ and 2014 ‘Excelsior’ Pinot Noirs

18-Jul-2018

Carrick Wines in Bannockburn, Central Otago was sold to Elizabeth Zhong, who owns Kennedy Point Vineyard on Waiheke Island, in 2016 with a transitional period where founders Steve Green and Barbara Roberston-Green assisted with the change-over. Steve and Barbara left to reside in Nelson at the start of February this year, and the management and operations have undergone some adjustments, as they do in such situations. Francis Hutt has taken on the general manager role, and he has just hired a winemaker to assist him in that role. Cliff Wickman who has extensive experience in Central Otago and overseas has assumed the viticulturist role, and there is now a new administration manager. Otherwise Carrick runs much the same, with Francis and the Greens in regular contact. In 2018, Carrick processed 140 tonnes of estate fruit, pretty near average, and there are a small number of contract wines made too. The range of wines is based on the conventional range that has been developed from the start, with several innovative bottlings which incorporate ‘edgy’ techniques as introduced by Francis. This makes Carrick one of the more progressive and adventurous – but dependable quality producers in the region. Here, I review three Pinot Noirs that span the range of aspiration, the good value 2017 ‘Unravelled’, a limited production 2016 ‘Crown & Cross’ from Alexandra fruit, plus the flagship 2014 ‘Excelsior’. www.carrick.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Carrick ‘Unravelled’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
  • Carrick ‘Crown & Cross Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
  • Carrick ‘Excelsior’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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