Wild Irishman 2012 Central Otago Pinot Noirs

Central Otago pioneer vigneron has announced he’s going to hang up his winemaking boots - again. Establishing ‘Gibbston Valley Wines’, followed by ‘Mount Edward’ with Duncan Forsyth, then his own, hands-on ‘Wild Irishman’ label in 2006, my feeling is that Alan will always have a hand in making Central Otago Pinot Noir. However time and life moves on, and also the sale of the ‘Desert Heart’ vineyard in Bannockburn to Sam Neill of ‘Two Paddocks’ may be a mitigating factor, as the access to a small parcel of fruit there that gave him half of the Wild Irishman portfolio will cease, leaving only the other half which normally comes from the ‘Dennis’ vineyard in Gibbston. Unfortunately for the 2012 vintage, a frost in October severely afflicted the fruiting for this Gibbston site. However, Sean Brennan from Brennan Wines "in typical collaborative Central Otago fashion” provided fruit from his vineyard just a few metres down the valley to make the 2012 ‘Three Colleens’ wine. The life of a vigneron is always challenging, but can be fulfilling. Can Alan bear missing it? Here I review his two 2012 Wild Irishman Pinot Noirs. www.wildirishmanwines.co.nz


  • Wild Irishman ‘Three Colleens’ Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
  • Wild Irishman Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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