Wooing Tree 2018 ‘Blondie’, Rosé and Pinot Gris


Wooing Tree is the Pinot Noir based winegrowing business of the Farquharson and Bews families who established their 17 ha vineyard in Cromwell in 2002. The name ‘Wooing Tree’ is after a 95+ y.o. pine tree that is a local landmark. The brand is essentially totally focussed on variations of Pinot Noir, except for a little Chardonnay, also planted on the site, with some Pinot Gris sourced from outside. The Farquharsons and Bews have indicated plans to create a vineyard village to promote tourism in that part of Cromwell, which will mean the loss of some vines. In order to meet supply, they have begun to source more contract fruit. The three tiers of Pinot Noir are very successful in the market and on the show circuit, but popular choice must go to the ‘Blondie’ Blanc de Noir which sells out quicker than ever. The Rosé and Pinot Gris also do very well. Here I review the new 2018 ‘Blondie’, Rosé and Pinot Gris, made by Pete Bartle at VinPro. All three are youthfully fresh with fermentation esters, and will benefit with a little more time in bottle. www.wooingtree.co.nz


  • Wooing Tree ‘Blondie’ Central Otago 2018
  • Wooing Tree Central Otago Rosé 2018
  • Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

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