Central Otago, New Zealand is the southernmost wine region in the world. It’s dramatically beautiful, isolated and also happens to make some of the world’s best Pinot Noir. The typical style for the region is much like Oregon’s only cleaner and brighter (Oregon Pinot Noir is mainly made in a Burgundian style). Being from Oregon, I’m naturally quite partial to its local wines, but really enjoy Central Otago Pinot Noir.
The Dry Gully is one of the finest examples I’ve ever had but unfortunately it’s difficult to obtain. The Shaw family that produces the wine has only 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of vineyards (they must not be related to Charles Shaw). The grapes are grown – according to the label – "as biodynamically as possible" and are fermented with wild yeasts. This is my kind of wine. It's a beautifully clear ruby with just a hint of purple. Extremely aromatic, forest floor and raked leaves dominate notes of red currants, raspberries, carmel, truffle oil and white pepper. The overall effect is powerful, savory but very clean. Soft and fruity on the palate with high balanced acids and very little tannins, it has a very long pleasing finish. Yum!
₤18.99 @ Ex Cellars
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