Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Central Otago winegrower and winemaker Steve Davies established his own 3 ha vineyard in Bannockburn planted to Dijon clones 114, 115 and 777 in 2002. From the inaugural 2008 vintage, his Doctors Flat Pinot Noir has forged a reputation as a label to be followed for exciting and serious wine. Steve farms organically, believing that soil heath is a key factor for success and knowing that proper soil micro life "maintains a symbiotic relationship with the vines” which break down to provide nutrients. Steve is one of a group of growers investigating the possible relationship between soil age, both the parent deposit and what’s on the surface may influence the tannin structure of the resultant wine, with fine textures linked to older soil age. He notes that his Doctors Flat site is on deep gravels laid down by receding glaciers some 480,000 years ago, which is among the older soils. Clearly more research is needed. Meanwhile, Steve continues to raise the bar with his wines, continually fine tuning his viticultural and winemaking decisions in accordance to the growing season and environment. Here, I review the new release 2013 Doctors Flat Pinot Noir.


  • Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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