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2021 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir

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.

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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Harvest Date
20th April at 23.5.0 Brix
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The low yield of the 2021 harvest has offset the cooler, later season to produce wines with some exceptional depth and concentration. Dark cherries and ripe plum fill the aroma with intensity and volume. Behind the generous fruit lies subtle roasting pan complexity. Supple tannins entwine with silky acidity to give a plush texture across the opulent fruit profile. There is abundance at the heart of this wine making for infinite appear.
Vineyard Notes
Overall the 20/21 growing season was a challenging one with weather events at some of the key phenological vine growth stages. September was wet and the cold weather stuck around ensuring budburst was a nervous one, followed by rain spread through October. With November came some welcome warmth and this warm dry pattern continued through December. As is often the case, January threw us the whole package, warm with a lot of rain early, followed by a cold few days then a warm spike, this had the vines not knowing what to expect. Fortunately, February and March returned to warm and dry creating perfect ripening conditions. April cooled off quickly and some rain ensured we were picking between rain events.
Winemaker Notes
- 50% Abel, 25% 114, 10% UCD 5, 10% 115 - 24% Whole Bunch inclusion with the balance whole berry - 12% New French oak Barriques with the balance older barriques - 350 dozen produced - 13.5% Alc, 3.65 pH, 6.1 g/L Titratable Acidity

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