Domain Road 2012 Whites and 2010 Pinot Noir

With long histories in Central Otago, Graeme and Gillian Crosbie are not only tied to the region, but are committed to grow it and grow in it. They established their ‘Domain Road’ vineyard in 2002, buying an old apricot orchard in the upper Bannockburn terraces, planting 4 ha of Pinot Noir, with 2.25 ha each of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling vines. Success has come quickly to the Crosbies, inspiring them to purchase and plant last year another site on Felton Road, a site they call the ‘Defiance’ vineyard. Here, they have established 3 ha of Pinot Noir, 1.5 ha of Chardonnay, 2 ha of Pinot Gris, along with some Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Along with their new tasting room, the Crosbies are expanding, somewhat in defiance to trends in the industry. This is reflected in their wines which appear more composed than ever. No doubt this is a sign of the vines being more balanced and winemaker Peter Bartle’s familiarity with the fruit. Here are my reviews of the 2012 whites 2010 Pinot Noir. www.domainroad.co.nz


  • Domain Road Bannockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Domain Road ‘Duffers Creek’ Bannockburn Central Otago Riesling 2012
  • Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

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