OSTLER CAROLINES Waitaki Pinot Noir 2016

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  • Gold medal – International Wine Challenge (2018)
  • Gold medal – NZ Wine of the Year Awards (2018)
  • Gold medal – NZ Int’l Wine Show (2018)
  • 98/100 – Ray Jordan
  • 97/100 – Huon Hooke (MW)
  • 96/100 – Bob Campbell (MW)
  • 4 1/2 Stars – Michael Cooper (MW)
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Cameron Douglas – Master Sommelier

Ostler Caroline’s 2016 before-release score: 95 Points

Sight: Deep ruby with a purple hue, persistent throughout then changes to a youthful and bright pink rim.

Nose: Powerful, youthful, varietal and significant; aromas of oak spices lead then darker red fruits – dark red cherry, black cherry, some black currant and plum; quite floral with a violet and black rose layer; brown spices of oak with clove & vanilla then new oak wood; an earthy/mineral layer of dry stone and sandstone. Overall – intense, ripe and displaying obvious complexity and a lengthy dry finish of almost 1 minute.

Structure: Immediately engages the palate senses with a core of dark cherry and plum flavours – laced with oak and oak spice; abundant tannins with a mix of textures from chalk to course silk to needle point; medium++ acidity and medium+ alcohol. I like the unfiltered texture – this adds tension to the structure and works well.

Summary: A complex though youthful wine with a core of fruit, minerality and acidity bound together with oak and abundant tannins, silken textures and engaging palate attributes.

A wine that will integrate and develop slowly over the next 4-6 years with a likely best drinking window of 2020 to 2030

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New Zealand


Central Otago