Maori Point 2017 Gold Digger and 2015 Central Otago Pinot Noir

30-May-2018

John Harris and Marylyn Duxson established Maori Point Vineyard in 2002, planting 6.5 ha of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vines on a bend of the Clutha River north of Bendigo, near Tarras. Matt Evans from California began working at Maori Point in 2011, and in 2014, he and his partner Maggie joined John and Marilyn in business. John, Marilyn and Maggie have strong academic backgrounds, and this is behind the winegrowing philosophy at the operation, with Matt maybe a bit more susceptible to trialling interesting things (mention biodynamics and you'll have an in-depth and serious discussion!). All partners are involved in a hands-on way, though Maggie has just given birth to Matt and her first child. John and Matt make the wines on-site, which they regard is an important factor in their style and quality. One of the more important challenges is the branding, marketing and sales, and the owners have introduced a number of more accessible fun products, as well as a ‘Reserve’ range of bottlings. All the wines are made with much thought. Here, I review two new Pinot Noir wines, a 2017 ‘Gold Digger’ Pinot Noir and the estate 2015 Maori Point Central Otago Pinot Noir. Matt tells me they have worked especially hard to ensure the ‘Gold Digger’ is a "truly hand-crafted, single-vineyard wine that is more affordable, but made without compromises or cutting corners”. www.maoripoint.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Maori Point ‘Gold Digger’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
  • Maori Point Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015

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