Domain Road 2015 Central Otago ‘Water Race’ Dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc

13-Apr-2017
Domain Road is the Central Otago winegrowing venture of Graeme and Gillian Crosbie, who hail from Dunedin but have long had an association with Central Otago, and the Bannockburn district in particular. They developed their 6.5 ha home vineyard on Domain Road in the upper Bannockburn terraces over 2003 – 2005, and expanded with the purchase of a further 10 ha on Felton Road in 2011 at the time of the global financial crisis, naming it the ‘Defiance Vineyard’ after their actions against the trend at the time. The fruit from the newly-planted ‘Defiance Vineyard’ has found its way into wines being released now. The two sites offer increased blending options as well as the potential for single vineyard bottlings to be explored further.

Pinot Noir is the focus, with the variety supported by Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay. The wines produced to date have proven to be of very high quality, a number winning significant awards in wine competitions. The vineyard manager is Fiona Johnman and the winemaker is Pete Bartle of VinPro. The Crosbies take an active interest in the style direction of the wines. Here, I review the new release 2015 ‘The Water Race’ Dry Riesling and oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc. www.domainroad.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Domain Road ‘The Water Race’ Bannockburn Central Otago Dry Riesling 2015
  • Domain Road Bannockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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