Pisa Range – current release 2015 Riesling and 2020 Pinot Noir Soli Vero


I appreciate wineries that aged their wine before releasing it to the market, showing the full potential of the wine without consumers having to invest in cellaring the wine themselves.

Pisa Range's current release of Riesling 2015 shows the hallmarks of Central Otago Riesling with bright lime, salivating acidity and crunchy minerals. After six years in bottles, it's still very youthful, showing signs of development such as dried floral, spice and cereal, savoury aromas. It's drinking excellently now and will last at its best for the next five years or more.

Another new release Soli Vero Pinot Noir 2020 - a new wine since the relocation project in 2016, the first vintage was released in 2018, sourcing fruit from the Bendigo sub-region. A broody, dark-fruited Pinot Noir represents Bendigo, beautifully balanced and elegant even with a hefty 14.5% alc.

Founded by Warick and Jenny Hawker, they were among the pioneers in planting Pinot Noir in the Pisa region of Central Otago in 1995. They have a long-standing relationship with winemaker Rudi Bauer which remains today. Sadly Jenny passed away in 2017, and daughter Sigrid Bodmin has taken over the reigns as General Manager since then, managing the business along with her father Warrick and the support from brother Andrew Hawker.

The new cellar door located at 180 State Highway 8b in Cromwell is now open from Wednesday to Sunday between 11 am to 3 pm. A 30 minutes guided wine tasting is available through their website.

Here, I review the new release 2015 Riesling and 2020 Soli Vero Pinot Noir.


  • Pisa Range Estate Riesling 2015, Central Otago
  • Pisa Range Estate Soli Vero Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago

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