I’ve singled out three exceptional wines from Central Otago and Waitaki that demonstrate the power and purity of wines from the deep south.
Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir 2016, Waitaki Valley, NZD $65
I recently posted 20 tasting notes for Felton Road wines and five more for South Island producer, Ostler.
Three noteworthy South Island pinot noirs from the 2015 vintage deserve a mention.
Ostler Lakeside Vines Pinot Gris 2016, Waitaki Valley, NZD $29.90
It’s always a pleasure to receive a package of new release pinot noir from Otago’s subregional specialist, Valli Wines.
I recently tasted some of the front-runners in a reasonably comprehensive annual tasting of local gewürztraminer.
Ostler Audrey’s Pinot Gris 2015, Waitaki Valley, NZD $35
Jules Stephan may have inherited a passion for wine from his great, great grandfather, Charles Levet who, with his son, made a living from wine from their 2.8-hectare vineyard on the Kaipara Harbour between 1863 and 1907. Levet was this country’s first known commercial winemaker. The Auckland War Memorial Museum still holds Levet’s wine press, although to my knowledge it has never been displayed.
Ostler Lakeside Vines Pinot Gris, Waitaki Valley 2011 $32 From north of Central Otago, this rich, ripe-style gris is golden yellow hued and opulent in the mouth. Full flavoured, rich, rounded and slightly sweet in late-picked Alsace style. Big, generous and lingering, it’s an impressive