Whistling Buoy 2016 ‘Kokolo’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and ‘Half Acre’ Pinot Noir

17-Jan-2018

Whistling Buoy is the brand of the Pattinson family who run The Crater Rim Winery from Charteris Bay at the head of Lyttelton Harbour in Banks Peninsula. It is named after the original buoy making the entrance to the harbour. The Pattinsons point out they are the ‘true’ Crater Rim due to their location, and are not connected to the Crater Rim winery in Waipara. The Pattinsons have the ‘Half Acre’ vineyard planted in 2000, on Banks Peninsula, and their 4 ha ‘Kokolo’ vineyard, established to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in 2003, at the head of Lyttelton Harbour, acquired by them in 2012. Neill and Jill Pattinson tend the vines personally with viticultural input from Cliff Woods, and the wines are made at the Muddy Water facility with input from winemaker son Chris. Here I review the 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the ‘Kokolo’ vineyard, and the ‘Half Acre’ Pinot Noir. www.whistlingbouy.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Whistling Buoy ‘Kokolo Vineyard’ Canterbury Chardonnay 2016
  • Whistling Buoy ‘Kokolo Vineyard’ Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
  • Whistling Buoy ‘Half Acre Vineyard’ Banks Peninsula Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

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