2021 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir
The 2021 harvest saw us in the middle of the Covid pandemic with all manner of travel and workplace restrictions in place. Having managed to get through harvest on the Hunter Valley, I was somewhat relieved to have a Trans-Tasman travel bubble open up on the 15th March and was on the plane the day after. It was great to be back in Central Otago and amongst the vines after nearly 12 months away.
The enduring mark of 2021 in Central Otago will be one of low yields and the cool finish to the season. Whether it was the tough flowering or cool periods through the growing season the result was half usual yields which given the cooler season may have once again saved our skin.
The wines are exceptional and perhaps mostly because of the tiny berries there is concentration and power with depth of flavour. These are wines that will impress into the future as well.