Charteris Winter Vineyard Pinot Noir - Central Otago - 2014
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"If there is a single wine we have made to date that speaks most of site, it’s this one. At five years old there is still primary fruit presence, red berries and spice with an underlay of earthy, briar and thyme. Gentle aromatic lift disguises subtle power and depth in the bouquet. Raspberry notes are woven through dusty graphite, almost liquorice like, perfume, all washed over wet slatey rocks.
There is a breeze of quartz dust or silica that is reminiscent of the vineyard dust in the air. The wine is fine boned as well. Juicy red fruit on entry, then vibrant acidity picks up and carries the structure of the wine almost immediately. Open and airy with fine but long tannins that have resonant texture. Lingering and bright, there is still plenty of youth in this wine. So, it’sa wonderful wine to drink now but will continue to evolve given a few more years in bottle, if you can wait that long." - PJ Charteris - Winemaker