Wooing Tree New Releases from 2017 to 2012

17-Aug-2017
Wooing Tree is a significant Cromwell-based vineyard and producer established in 2002 to make Pinot Noir-based wines. There are 17 ha of Pinot Noir planted in clones 5, 6, 115, 667 and 777 with 1 ha of clone 95 Chardonnay, and an inventive approach has led to a strong portfolio, with Pinot Noir expressed in various styles, and only a minimal usage of contract fruit to make other wines for the range. The owners, the Farquharson and Bews families have Peter Bartle of VinPro as their winemaker, and the wines are of very high quality, winning many awards at wine shows.

At the end of last year, the Farquharsons and Bews announced plans announced intentions to create a ‘vineyard village’ based on their existing site. Zone changes would allow the development of boutique residential and commercial space to complement the existing vineyard and its facilities. It is seen by many as adding to the possible future development of Cromwell wine tourism. Plans have been mooted to link in with the current developments of Cromwell growth, making it a "community asset”. The area where Wooing Tree is sited is certainly one of the best for tourism development, with new wine tasting rooms and growth already happening. At present, the Farquharsons and Bews are involved in the process of zoning changes. If things are positive for them, they will eventually lose some vines in the new development. As they already obtain some contract fruit, it is seen as an opportunity to further broaden their fruit sourcing.

In the meantime, Wooing Tree continues to produce its diverse range of wines. Here, I review the latest releases, from the 2017 rosé and blush wines, the 2016 whites, and Pinot Noirs from the secondary 2015 ‘Beetle Juice’, premium 2015 and super-premium 2014 ‘Sandstorm’. The Pinot Noirs share a family resemblance, different to the many fruit-focussed Central Otago bottlings, possessing a little more savoury interest and structure. www.wooingtree.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Wooing Tree Central Otago Rosé 2017
  • Wooing Tree ‘Blondie’ Central Otago 2017
  • Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
  • Wooing Tree Central Otago Chardonnay 2016
  • Wooing Tree ‘Beetle Juice’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Wooing Tree ‘Sandstorm Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
  • Wooing Tree ‘Tickled Pink’ Central Otago 2017

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