The Cherry Orchard Pinot Gris 2014 and 2013, and 2013 Riesling and Pinot Noir

07-Feb-2017
The Cherry Orchard is the boutique winegrowing venture of Colin and Annie Dawson who own a small vineyard, less than 1 ha in size, on Cairnmuir Road, Bannockburn opposite Carrick and between Akarua and the Bald Hills site. Travelling and tasting around the world, they wanted to make their own food-friendly, predominantly dry-styled wines, and planted Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir vines, less than 1,000 of each variety, which yielded their first crop in 2012 and their first commercial wines in 2013. The Dawsons have James Dicey as their viticulturist and Brendan Seal as their winemaker. The total production of each wine is 65 to 70 cases annually, and a rosé wine may be added to the range. Here, I review the 2014 and 2013 Pinot Gris, and 2013 Riesling and Pinot Noir. I looked at the 2013 Pinot Gris and Riesling in November 2015 and see benefits of bottle development, and add the current notes to those done then. I note the initial labelling was ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and is now shortened to ‘Cherry Orchard’. www.cherryorchard.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Cherry Orchard Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2014
  • The Cherry Orchard Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013
  • The Cherry Orchard Bannockburn Central Otago Riesling 2013
  • The Cherry Orchard Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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