Rock Ferry and Trig Hill Pinot Noirs

Rock Ferry is a new entrant on the wine scene with all the credentials and aspirations to do well. It is named after a site where early settlers crossed the Wairau River. Grapegrowers Tom and Fiona Hutchison launched the business in 2005 with white wines from ‘The Corners' 13.5 ha vineyard in the Rapaura district in Marlborough. Included in their vineyard holdings are ‘Trig Hill' in Bendigo, Central Otago with 19 ha, developed from 2003, and another in Marlborough, the 9.5 ha ‘Orchard' vineyard in the Wairau, purchased in 2007. The vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically, Kurt Simcic and Jason Thomson tending the Marlborough and Central Otago vines respectively. The highly experienced Allan McWilliams has made the wines from the start, now in the winery on site at the ‘Orchard' vineyard built in 2009. Rock Ferry operates an excellent café and cellar door on Hammerichs Road. I review three Pinot Noirs from the Rock Ferry Central Otago vineyard, yet to be released. www.rockferry.co.nz


  • Rock Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

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