A Breakup at Brokenwood

Brokenwood’s award-winning winemaker Peter-James (known to all as P-J) Charteris has resigned. He plans to devote more time to his own New Zealand-based Charteris brand, adding more wines to the initial Central Otago pinot noir release, and consulting to other producers in the Hunter Valley, where he intends to remain living.

In 2009, P-J’s name was up in lights as maker of the NSW Wine of the Year – Brokenwood’s 2007 Forest Edge Orange Chardonnay. He was declared the Hunter Valley’s winemaker of the year in 2010. He’s been at Brokenwood for 12 years, working under managing director and chief winemaker Iain Riggs. Last year he debuted the Charteris Winter Vineyard Pinot Noir, with an excellent 2008 vintage. The ‘09 has just been released at $65. www.charteriswines.com

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