Neck of the Woods Pinot Noir 2019
- Textured, savoury
- Central Otago
To get an idea of the ethos behind the wines of Neck of the Woods, here’s the opening line from their website - ‘We’re not interested in making mass produced sh*t. We believe in bold tastes and bolder characters.’ These are small batch wines made with minimal intervention that fully embrace the wildness of Central Otago.
Their pinot was hand-harvested from two sites a week apart to achieve optimal ripeness. The batches were fermented separately but with partial whole bunches before spending 11 months in 28% new French oak. A final blending was then done right before bottling. What’s in the bottle is soft, yet engulfing with a profile of blackcurrant, plum and allspice. No matter where your palate lies, this is one that’ll show up right in your neck of the woods.
Cameron Douglas MS
“Youthful, varietal, complex and sophisticated bouquet. Aromas of Bendigo first with scents of schist and wild herb, then fresh red cherry and red currant, moments of raspberry and wild flowers. As the wine opens up in glass the core of fruit becomes stronger and more pure. Oak use is of judiciously placed spice and toast attributes adding breadth and depth as well as complexity. Equally complex on the palate, but also quite new still, fresh and vibrant with fruit flavours that mirror the nose, firm youthful textures from chalky textured tannins and acidity and combined with the juicy salivating core of fruit and oak adds structure and ageing attributes. Best window for drinking is from 2022 through 2030.”
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- Central Otago
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Central Otago is the New Zealand's highest and the world's most southerly wine region at latitude 45°S. It has cold winters, hot summers, cool nights and low rainfall, and is ideally suited to Pinot Noir, which covers 80% of plantings. The rest is mainly planted to Chardonnay, with smatterings of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris. Expect character and intensity as the hallmarks of this marginal region.