Coal Pit Central Otago 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 ‘Tiwha’ Pinot Noir


Coal Pit Wines is the boutique Gibbston Valley Central Otago winegrowing venture of Rosie Dunphy who in 2001 purchased a vineyard that was established in 1994 on the site of a historical coal pit. She immediately embarked on a programme of revitalising the vineyard, which has 5.5 ha of Pinot Noir and 2.0 ha of Sauvignon Blanc. A new 30 tonne capacity winery was built on site in 2007. Gary Crabbe tends to the viticulture, and his wife Lynn Horton is the winemaker. The Pinot Noir wines, particularly the flagship ‘Tiwha’ named in tribute to Rosie’s father. Here, I review the new release 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 ‘Tiwha’ Pinot Noir.


  • Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Coal Pit ‘Tiwha’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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