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2019 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir

2019 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir

With some recent serious changes to the way we operate as a collective species, the human race, and I say this with a degree of cautious optimism, seems to have for a fleeing moment, agreed that climate change is not just a myth but something we need to be thinking about. Governments and Global corporations are at least talking about how we get this craziness sorted by 2050. We, the growers of things, have been living with this minefield for some time now. The variations in vintage conditions throwing new challenges at vignerons seemingly every season. It’s like walking through the house at night when the kids have left their Lego spread everywhere. You know there is pain in the darkness, just not when and how severe it will be. If the tender slip of skin on the arch of your foot finds an irregular cluster of 3 blocks in such a way that you lose your balance and end up on your face the damage could be irreparable. The only way to solve this issue is to have the kinder pick up all their Lego, something that could take years of negotiation, requires some personal sacrifice and could result in a war. My interim solution is a trusty and well-loved pair of Birkenstock House boots.

While the last 4 vintages in Central Otago have thrown up nothing but piles of angular Lego clusters of different shapes and sizes, I feel like the Hawkesbury Vineyard has been our faithful pair of Birkenstocks. Gliding through the vicissitudes of vintage variation with a unique blend of style and comfortable texture that leaves a warm glow and a smile on your face, even in the Dark.

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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Harvest Date
17th April at 22.7 Brix
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
From the moment this wine hits the glass it has an air of grace and presence, dark cherries and Mister Lincoln Rose aromatics with subtle spice and a detailed mineral note, incredibly vibrant and dense but perfumed at the same time. The entry is all cherries, I can’t make up my mind as with which variety but, I want to say it’s a cross between Bing and Morello. Lots of very fine textured tannin too adding structure and substance to the mid palate. There is liquorice spice and the lightest hint of graphite giving complexity. Most importantly though, it has the elegance and refinement we have come expect from our wines.
Vineyard Notes
After the total exuberance of the uber-ripe and generously proportioned 2018 vintage we return to focused, concentrated, refinement with our 2019 Central Otago Pinot Noir. A challenging vintage which shows how detail and depth can run side by side with great clarity. 100% UCD5 Clone
Winemaker Notes
Winemaking 32% Whole Bunch inclusion with the balance whole berry Oak 20% New French oak Barriques with the balance older barriques

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