Drumsara ‘Evoke’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 – 2013

John Matheson and his family established Drumsara Wines by planting vines on an elevated glacial outwash gravel plateau on Hillview Road in Alexandra in 2000. There are 7 ha of vines, 60% dedicated to Pinot Noir and 40% to Pinot Gris. The vineyard is bony and features ventifacts, rocks with a knife-like edge formed by 300 mph winds, these rocks found so far only in Antarctica, on the planet Mars, and in the Drumsara site. John’s son Wayne now runs the operation, with Shelly Woodhouse as viticulturist since 2009, and the wines are made by Antony Worch at Alexandra Vintners. Wayne has introduced the Reserve-style ‘Evoke’ Pinot Noir label, the wines being a five-barrel selection. The same vinification techniques have been used on all three wines, so any differences are thus due to vintage expression. Here, I review the 2015, 2014 and 2013 vintages, yet to be commercialised. www.drumsara.com


  • Drumsara ‘Evoke’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Drumsara ‘Evoke’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Drumsara ‘Evoke’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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