Tag: Central Otago

Sip: Chasing Harvest Riesling 2014

As we have been through Central Otago on a virtual tasting tour, I thought we would celebrate one our of own, and the incredible story they are so humble about and the great wines that they produce. Having originally met them in Argentina when they came for harvest, I was so happy that our paths crossed again here in the beautiful terrain of New Zealand. Read More

Sip: Kalex Pinot Noir 2011

After visiting Wine AKL over the weekend, a great tasting event where you get to meet wineries and wines you have never previously met or imbibed before, we were introduced to this small south island gem. I love when you get to have Central Otago come to you!

I am learning more about “Central” as the locals like to say, and have to say that all the smaller producers in the region are doing really great things as well as raising the profile of what terroir means to New Zealand and for New Zealand wine overall outside of our island. (Yes, New Zealand is technically an island, or two if you are specific)

Definitely check out their website for the full story but I really liked how this wine gives you the inspiration to overcome obstacles, something we all probably need to be reminded of and how better than by enjoying a beautiful bottle of Central Otago Pinot.

On to the review!

Kalex 2011 Pinot Noir

Origin:
Central Otago (South of the South Island) and incidentally one of the best regions for Pinot, on the same latitudes, around 45 degrees, as Burgundy and the Willamette Valley in Oregon

Vineyards:
Bannockburn, Gibbston

Personality: 
Like a scholarly professor that has the proper checked shirt, bow tie and oxford shoes, it is perfectly presented and has an air of sophistication and reserved knowledge. All the boxes are checked and this one makes you want to show up to learn something more about Pinot.

A rich story unfolds with lots of dark plums and cherries that roll into roasted caramel and toasty oak. It finishes, as you do at a good campfire with a well cooked marshmallow, with a long finish of sweet and slightly burnt flavours that make you instantly crave the next go.

Cheers,
Emily

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