Drumsara 2013 Pinot Rosé and 2011 Pinot Gris and Noir

Drumsara is the Alexandra winegrowing venture of the Matheson family who established 8 ha of vines in two blocks over the period of 2000 to 2006. Founded by John Matheson from an industrial and agricultural background. the vineyards are planted to Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir on an elevated glacial outwash gravel plateau on Hillview Road off Dunstan Road. The name Drumsara comes from a town in County Derry after which a sugar plantation in Mossman, near Port Douglas, Queensland, owned by the Johnstone family was named after. The Mathesons became good friends of the owners and carried the name to their vineyard in Central Otago. Shelly Woodhouse has been the viticulturist since 2009, and the wines are made by Antony Worch at the Alexandra Vintners facility. The Mathesons regard Drumsara as ‘”pinot specialist” making Pinot Rosé, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, all of which are deemed to suit the soil and climate of the region. Here, I review the 2013 Rosé and 2011 releases of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The wines are tight and refined, with the style to develop with elegance. www.drumsara.com


  • Drumsara ‘VVS’ Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2013
  • Drumsara Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011
  • Drumsara ‘Ventifacts Block’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

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