Mount Edward 2016 Rose, 2015 Wanaka Road, 2014 Central Otago, and 2011 Morrison and Muirkirk Pinot Noirs

11-Apr-2017
Mount Edward is one of the bright stars in the Central Otago wine producing region. Founded in 1997 by Alan Brady, the business is now owned by John Buchannan and run by winemaker Duncan Forsyth. The focus at Mount Edward is on Central Otago Pinot Noir and Riesling, and the company has three estate vineyards, the home ‘Drumlin’ site at Gibbston, where the winery is, the ‘Morrison’ site in Lowburn and the ‘Muirkirk’ vineyard on Felton Road, Bannockburn. These vineyards are certified BioGro organic. Mount Edward also draws on fruit from well-established growers at the ‘Pisa Terrace’ vineyard on the Wanaka Road in Lowburn, the ‘L’Attitude’ site also in Lowburn, and the ‘Pagan’ vineyard in Gibbston. These vineyards are also certified or in conversion to organics.

In addition to outstanding Pinot Noir (both estate and single vineyard bottlings) and Riesling, Mount Edward has released very successful rosé, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Gruner Veltliner over the years and now a Gamay. There have been excursions into natural and orange wines, and a Vermouth-style beverage has been made. Clearly the team at Mount Edward are adventurous and innovative. Duncan is assisted ably by Anna Riederer in the winemaking, and Austin Moorehouse tends the vineyards. Here, I review the new 2016 Rosé, the second tier 2015 Wanaka Road Pinot Noir, 2014 Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir, and 2011 single vineyard ‘Morrison’ and ‘Muirkirk’ Pinot Noirs. www.mountedward.com


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Mount Edward Central Otago Rosé 2016
  • Wanaka Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Mount Edward ‘Morrison Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
  • Mount Edward ‘Muirkirk Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

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