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Otago

Otago has been the country’s fastest-expanding wine region and at 45° south it is home to the most southerly vineyards in the world, with the most extreme climatic conditions and dramatic landscapes you could imagine. Otago’s economy is famed for fine merino wool production, but the last decade or so has seen most land converted to grape vines. The region now has more than 100 vineyards, in comparison to only 11 in 1996. Otago's Pinot Noir is renowned for its exquisitely balanced and nuanced styles and this became the first region in the world to rival Burgundy in Pinot Noir production.

The four main sub-regions - Wanaka, Gibbston, Bannockburn and Alexandra - all lie within close reach of each other, but the distinctive snow-capped mountainous terrain means each enjoys a unique combination of climate, aspect and altitude. Soils do vary considerably within each sub-region, though a stony free-draining base is common to all, promoting good drainage and retaining increased mineral richness. Autumn frosts are a constant threat in this region and a warm, sunny north-facing site is an asset. Often producing slightly higher sugar levels but still managing to retain high acidity means some of the most impressively perfumed and seductively rich Pinot Noirs are produced.

Waitaki Valley, in North Otago has over 100 hectares of vineyards and also marks the provincial boundary between Otago and Canterbury. Most vineyards in this valley are established on the north-facing slopes.

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    Mt Difficulty Wines

    Otago

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    Rippon

    Otago

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    Felton Road

    Otago

  • Domaine Thomson

    Domaine Thomson

    Otago

  • Burn Cottage

    Burn Cottage

    Otago

  • Kalex

    Kalex

    Otago

  • Two Paddocks

    Two Paddocks

    Otago

  • Akitu

    Akitu

    Otago

  • Ceres

    Ceres

    Otago

  • Peregrine

    Peregrine

    Otago

  • Akarua

    Akarua

    Otago

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    Akitu Pinot Noir New Zealand Wine

Wines from this region

  • Taste
    A delicious, ripe fruit cocktail with white peach, passionfruit & rock melon. Full textured & an off-dry finish
    Eat
    Lobster, goats' cheese
    Why
    Richly textured
    Mt Difficulty Wines Roaring Meg Pinot Gris Central Otago New Zealand Wine

    2015 Mt Difficulty Wines Roaring Meg Pinot Gris Otago

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  • Taste
    Lemon zest & mineral aromas with a luscious lemon curd palate, mountain strawberry finishing crisp & dry palate
    Eat
    Chips & Dip
    Why
    Perfect quaffing Riesling
    Kalex Wine Riesling New Zealand

    2013 Kalex Riesling Otago

  • Taste
    Smoky mineral notes, honeyed fruits & hints of bacon fat. Oily & textural, floral fruit flavours, balanced with a savoury, mineral finish
    Eat
    Home-made spinach & feta ravioli
    Why
    Fermented warm & left on lees 8 months. Sommelier wine
    Kalex, Pinot Gris, New Zealand Wine Otago

    2011 Kalex Pinot Gris Otago

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  • Taste
    Lemon zest & curd with hints of wild strawberry fall onto a crisp, dry palate. Structured core fruits & fresh acidity
    Eat
    Summer Rolls, spicy sauce
    Why
    Perfect Riesling for Summer
    Kalex Riesling Pisa Terrace Central Otago New Zealand Wine

    2013 Kalex Pisa Terrace Riesling Otago

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  • Taste
    Aromas of ripe citrus & melon. Off-dry palate of jasmine flowers & stone fruit bound together with driven acidity.
    Eat
    Vietnamese ceviche salad
    Why
    Central Otago Riesling - beautiful!
    Ceres Riesling New Zealand Wine

    2014 Ceres Composition Riesling Otago

    £19.90
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  • Taste
    A densely perfumed Pinot with dark forest berries & ripe textural tannins
    Eat
    Mild cheese platter
    Why
    Unmistakably Otago
    Mt Difficulty Wines Roaring Meg Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand Wine

    2015 Mt Difficulty Wines Roaring Meg Pinot Noir Otago

    £20.40
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  • Taste
    A sweet but poised wine with energetic acidity & aromas of apricot flan, honey & smoke
    Eat
    Dry cheese board
    Why
    The perfect after dinner drink
    Kalex Luna Noble Riesling New Zealand Wine

    2014 Kalex Luna Riesling Otago

    £22.00
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  • Taste
    Stone fruit & spice, supple & superbly textured mouth-feel. Great density, perfect acid balance & lively persistence
    Eat
    Spicy shrimp
    Why
    Some of the most southerly vineyards in the world
    Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling New Zealand Wine

    2014 Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling Otago

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  • Taste
    Fresh flavours of elderflower, lime & lemon peel is balanced by a mineral acidity
    Eat
    Goats cheese souffé & pan seared white fish
    Why
    Captures Otago
    Peregrine, Riesling, 2011

    2011 Peregrine Riesling Otago

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  • Taste
    Intense flavours of apricot, pear & nutmeg fill the palate creating a luscious, mouth-filling wine
    Eat
    Thai ginger beef & pad thai
    Why
    100% hand harvested
    Peregrine, Pinot Gris, 2015

    2015 Peregrine Pinot Gris Otago

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  • Taste
    Lifted cherry & raspberry notes greet the palate, spice & earth tones then unravel. A combination of lavender, rose petal & cinnamon notes linger
    Eat
    Lamb straight off the grill
    Why
    Vibrant, awesome, Central.
    Akitu Pinot Noir New Zealand Wine

    2015 Akitu A2 Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    Gooseberry & lime aromas. Lean & lively white currant with textural richness & a complex, long dry mineral finish
    Eat
    Lobster ravioli
    Why
    A firm favourite
    Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Wine Rippon

    2015 Rippon Sauvignon Blanc Otago

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  • Taste
    Aromas of strawberry compliment nutty & yeasty notes. The Pinot Noir grape is very apparent & the finish is long & savoury
    Eat
    Fresh, grilled lobster
    Why
    Compliments any social occasion
    Akarua NV Rosé Brut New Zealand Wine

    Akarua Rosé Brut Sparkling Otago

    £26.60
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  • Taste
    Perfumed with floral notes & bread dough aromas, this wine is a fresh aperitif that is well balanced & has a clean finish
    Eat
    No food required!
    Why
    Captures the purity of the Bannockburn fruits
    Akarua, Brut

    Akarua Brut Sparkling Otago

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  • Taste
    Expressive & bright, intense bountiful jasmine & peach blossom. The lime is focused & a crisp acidity balances with sweetness
    Eat
    Spicy soft shell crab
    Why
    Complex perfection
    New Zealand Riesling Rippon Wine

    2014 Rippon Riesling Otago

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  • Taste
    Mouthfilling & savoury showing very good complexity & harmony. Youthful cherry, plum, spice flavours & elegant textural mouthfeel
    Eat
    Spiced BBQ ribs
    Why
    Enlivened & exciting
    Domaine Thompson The Explorer Pinot Noir Otago New Zealand Wine

    2015 Domaine Thomson The Explorer Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    This is a fragrant Pinot Noir that shows spice, herbs & earth. The minerality is fine & the fruit flavours are dominated by red berries
    Eat
    BBQ meats of any kind
    Why
    One of the latest & greatest from this region
    Akitu Pinot Noir New Zealand Wine

    2015 Akitu A1 Pinot Noir Otago

    Regular Price: £35.00

    Special Price £29.00

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  • Taste
    Perfumed aromatics, plush dark red & black fruits of the forest. Striking precision & elegant tannin structure
    Eat
    Roasted red meats
    Why
    Best restaurant on Felton Road
    Mt Difficulty Wines Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand Wine

    2013 Mt Difficulty Wines Bannockburn Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    A lovely harmony of Summer fruits with hints of fennel that evolves on the palate & finishes dry. An interesting wine with a textural & rich palate
    Eat
    Charcuterie
    Why
    Versatile
    Felton Road Vin Gris New Zealand Wine

    2016 Felton Road Vin Gris Otago

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  • Taste
    Stewed dark fruits that remain balanced with hints of hot river stones, firm tannins, spicy pepper & anise notes
    Eat
    Grilled quail, compote
    Why
    Quintessentially Central Otago
    New Zealand Wine, Kalex, Pinot Noir

    2013 Kalex Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    Layered savoury & spice notes are complimented with dark fruits. The texture is elegant & silky
    Eat
    Pan seared Venison
    Why
    The best grapes of 3 Central Otago sub-regions
    Peregrine, Pinot Noir, 2013

    2013 Peregrine Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    Redcurrant, spice & wild black exotic fruit aromatics. Strongly driven, showing great texture & elegance
    Eat
    Whole eye fillet
    Why
    Sam Neill - Jurassic park
    Two Paddocks Pinot Noir New Zealand Wine

    2015 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    Consistent tight acidity & fine minerality. Riper & bolder than ever before
    Eat
    Whole baked trout with lemon halves smothered in every herb from the garden
    Why
    The hallmark of Felton Road Chardonnays
    Felton Road New Zealand Wine Chardonnay Block 6

    2015 Felton Road Block 6 Chardonnay Otago

    £41.90
  • Taste
    A shockwave of citrus & stone, with a laser sharp focus, hints of nuts & toast yet a fine minerality follows through the long finish
    Eat
    Anything with satay sauce...mmm, peanuts
    Why
    Pure organic goodness
    Felton Road New Zealand Wine Block 2 Chardonnay

    2015 Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay Otago

    £41.90
  • Taste
    Texture is voluptuous, gentle tannins & a outstanding complexity. Dark berries, cherries & floral aromas
    Eat
    Beef Carpaccio
    Why
    Seductive layers of brilliance. Biodynamic
    New Zealand Pinot Noir Rippon Wine

    2012 Rippon Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    Dark cherries & a floral rosehip aroma. Seamless tannins with flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg & dried thyme
    Eat
    Smoked Duck & spiced miso
    Why
    It’s practically a romantic affair
    New Zealand Pinot Noir Wines Bannockburn Felton Road

    2015 Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir Otago

    £45.00
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  • Taste
    Seductive & enticing. Red berry fruit flavours combined with wild thyme support beautifully poised tannins giving a long, mouth-watering finish
    Eat
    Intensely flavoured duck or pork
    Why
    A seamless wine
    Burn Cottage Pinot Noir New Zealand Wine

    2014 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Otago

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  • Taste
    Soothing rustic charm, deep eastern spice box & forest floor aromas. Voluptuous richness with a savoury edge shining through to the finish
    Eat
    Persian spiced lamb shoulder
    Why
    Silky, sexy & spicy
    New Zealand Wines Pinot Noir Cornish Point Otago

    2015 Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir Otago

    £52.90
  • Taste
    A clarity of fruit, roses & florals. Concentrated yet pure mid-palate. Firm mineral texture however ultimate juice on the finish
    Eat
    Roasted beet salad with a baked goats cheese wheel
    Why
    Roses in wine...Perfect Valentine's day combination
    Felton Road New Zealand Wine Pinot Noir Calvert

    2015 Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir Otago

    £55.90
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  • Taste
    Saturated dark fruit aromas & a sheer depth of sensuous fruit. Fine tannin backbone, crystalline focus & dark chocolate essence
    Eat
    Soy saturated grilled Aubergine
    Why
    Classic, complex & colossal
    New Zealand Wines Pinot Noir Block 3 Point Noir

    2015 Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir Otago

    £65.00
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    Eat
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    Central Otago Mixed Case (6 bottles)

    Central Otago Mixed Case (6 bottles) Otago

    £160.00
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    Central Otago Mixed Case (12 bottles)

    Central Otago Mixed Case (12 bottles) Otago

    £320.00
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