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Rendition Central Otago Pinot Noir

Central Otago Pinot Noir

Rendition is a blend of Central Otago vineyards and subregions. My quintessential Central Otago Pinot Noir. The 2016 Rendition Cuvee is blended from ultra premium fruit sourced from Lowburn and Bendigo vineyards.

I enjoy the collaborative nature of winemaking and similarly I wanted to work closely with an artist who intrinsically understands and is able to visually render the creativity, fun and joyfulness I find in the process.

For my first Rendition cuvee I was fortunate to be able to work with well- known New Zealand contemporary artist Andrew J Steel who has succinctly captured the important elements of the quintessential me – ‘my meaningful things’.

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5* 94pts
A blend of grapes from Bendigo and Lowburn districts, it is instantly appealing on the nose showing dark cherry, plum, clove and toasted almond characters with hints of game and floral. The palate delivers excellent fruit weight and roundness, beautifully supported by silky texture and fine tannins. The wine offers loads of delectable fruit flavours with subtle savoury nuances, making it hugely appealing. At its best: now to 2021. – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

4.5* 94pts
Made from a blend of Bendigo and Lowburn grapes that were 100% destemmed before being fermented and matured in oak for ten months. Quiet a dense, rich and stylish wine, with a combination of ripe, almost smoky Bendigo characters with plum and dark cherry flavours. Good weight and lengthy finish. A successful inaugural vintage. –Bob Campbell, ©BobCampbell.nz

94pts

Ripe, dark cherry, plum, concentration, baking spices, crushed rose, red apple skin, iron filings, earth and dried herb. On the palate – dry and quite concentrated with flavours of dark red berry fruits and cherry, undergrowth, wood spice and red apple; fine to moderate tannins, plenty of acidity, minerality and lengthy finish. Very youthful example with loads of potential, vibrant, concentrated and complex. Best drinking from 2019 through 2029. Cameron Douglas MS

Excellent

Young, vibrant nose with raspberry, liqueur fruits and wood smoke.  Brimming with mixed summer fruits, real richness here with savoury elements avoiding overt sweetness. A lift and freshness here, matched by youthful tannins and crisp acidity giving a long, juicy, lip-smacking close, finishing on a raft of bright, raspberry fruit. Mark Henderson Otago Daily Times

2016
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Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

Central Otago Pinot Noir

Each and every vineyard has a story to tell. Each single vineyard wine I produce is an attempt to give voice to its unique terroir and nuance of character and above all my love and commitment to Central Otago.

Both gold and grapes from the schist-dominated soils of Bendigo have always been hard-won yet the resultant pleasures many-fold and enduring.

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5* 96pts
Sophisticated and plush at the same time, this striking pinot exhibits black cherry, blueberry, cocoa, cedar and violet aromas with nuances of truffle and black tea. The palate is superbly concentrated and flowing, and displays outstanding fruit purity as well as stylish oak infusion, wonderfully enhanced by layers of fine texture and loads of polished tannins. A meticulously composed pinot. At its best: 2018 to 2026. – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

5* 95pts
Dense, ripe pinot noir made from grapes grown on a moderately high altitude north-facing Bendigo vineyard. It has typically dense, ripe Bendigo flavours, with a distinctive wood-smoke character plus dark berry, cassis, dark chocolate, liquorice and nutty oak. Bold, youthful and moderately textural red with good development potential. –Bob Campbell, ©BobCampbell.nz

95pts “Classic”

Ripe, concentrated, complex and beguiling bouquet with a haunting complexity. Aromas are numerous with scents of ripe, dark red cherry fruit mixed with undergrowth, bracken, schist, mushroom, wood spices and a haunting core of concentration. On the palate – youthful, concentrated, warm, firm tannins with loads of chalky youthful textures, a back bone of acidity, black rose and fruit flavours reflective of the nose. A firm youthful palate that needs time to settle. Best drinking from 2020 through 2030+ Cameron Douglas MS

5* Michael Cooper

The powerful 2016 vintage (5*) was handpicked and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques  (one-third new). It’s a rare wine – only 822 bottles were produced. “serious” but very approachable in its youth, it is powerful and fleshy, with very generoous, ripe plum/spice flavours, finely intergrated oak, excellent complexity, and structure to mature well. Still youthful, it should be at its best 2019+ Michael Cooper 2018

 

2016