Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010, 2011 and 2012

08-Mar-2016
Wild Earth is the Central Otago label of Quintin Quider, a commercial California fisherman who developed a love of Central Otago Pinot Noir and decided to grow his own, and to write-off tax by purchasing land in 1998 and 1999 to plant vines. Establishing 13.5 ha of clone 5 and 6 in Lowburn and 26 ha of mainly 10/5 in Felton Road with 1 ha of Pinot Gris and Riesling, his first vintage was in 2002, wine first ‘Wild Earth’ Pinot Noir from the Bannockburn vineyard being the 2004.

Quintin has the wine made by consultant winemakers, these being Matt Dicey, Dean Shaw, Michelle Richardson, Grant Taylor, Steve Davies and now Peter Bartle. Despite the different winemakers, there has been a remarkable consistency of style and quality, the wines performing well in competitions domestically and internationally. Quintin attributes this to the distinctive character of 10/5 from the Felton Road site.

Last year, Quintin sold his vineyard interests, but retains his label and the continued Pinot Noir fruit sourced from the Bannockburn vineyard. A wide range of wines including Rieslings, Chardonnay, Rosé and Pinot Noirs I offered. He still operates his cellar door and very popular restaurant at the entrance to the Kawarau Gorge. Here, I review the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Pinot Noirs, the 2012 being the current release.  The wines show a theme of richness and complex savouriness. www.wildearthwines.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
  • Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
  • Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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