Three Miners 2015 Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling, and 2014 Pinot Noir

Paul and Kirstin Wright purchased the ‘Three Miners’ Central Otago vineyard in Earnscleugh, Alexandra, in December 2014 as part of a lifestyle change from their positions in construction and research respectively. The ‘Three Miners’ vineyard was originally established in 2000 by Jeff Price and Julie Mitchell who planted 4 ha of Pinot Noir growing it by a further 9 ha in 2002. In 2003, they added 1 ha each of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling, and furthered the Pinot Gris in 2007 and 2009 with another hectare to finish with 16.8 ha of vines. The Pinot Noir clones are 10/5, 5, 6, 7, 114, 115, 743 and 777. The Wrights have James Dicey as their viticulturist and Pete Bartle of VinPro as their winemaker. Here, I review the 2015 Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling, these whites showing delicacy and purity, and the 2014 Pinot Noir, this made by Dean Shaw. The wines bear names that reflect the history of gold mining in the district.


  • Three Miners ‘Miner’s Right’ Earnscleugh Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015
  • Three Miners ‘Chinaman Stone’ Earnscleugh Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2015
  • Three Miners ‘Herringbone’ Earnscleugh Central Otago Riesling 2015
  • Three Miners ‘Warden’s Court’ Earnscleugh Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

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