Desert Heart Pinot Noir 2010, Freedom 2011 and Mackenzies Run 2012

The Desert Heart ladies Denny Downie and Jane Gill continue their Bannockburn wine dream, now having acquired another piece of land on Felton Road. There are existing stocks of wine made that will carry them through as they gear themselves up with their extensive contacts and friends in sourcing fruit and making new Desert Heart wines. Here, I review three Pinot Noirs that will carry on the Desert Heart brand while Denny and Jane re-establish themselves. The ‘Freedom’ limited release bottling which has seen a longer period of barrel maturation acknowledges the return of financial independence for their company. All of the wines show the consistent, ripe Bannockburn personality.


  • Desert Heart Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
  • Desert Heart ‘Freedom’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
  • Desert Heart ‘Mackenzies Run’ ‘Reserve’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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