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36 Bottles - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 January,2011

The ‘36 Bottles’ label harks back to the first-ever vintage and number of bottles made in 1999 by Wellington wine lover Douglas Brett in his garage. Douglas has long harboured a passion to make wine and 36 Bottles is the coming together of his dream with life-partner Jane Young, who hails from Central Otago, to craft wine based on the negotiant model of Burgundy.

They can be considered ‘winesmiths’ or artisans in crafting wine as they take a personal and hands-on involvement in the sourcing of the fruit, blending process and marketing. Douglas and Jane entered the market with the 2008 vintage with Central Otago Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and have the services and expertise of Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen of Maude Winery in Wanaka, and P.J. Charteris in crafting their wines. They have established strong connections with a number of growers in the various sub-regions to source their fruit.

While Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are the key wines for 36 Bottles, Riesling, Chardonnay and Rosé wines are part of the portfolio. A second label ‘Winesmiths’ offers more accessible drinking and value. The production of the wines is limited, ranging from 150 – 200 cases. www.36bottles.co.nz

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36 Bottles Central Otago Riesling 2013

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

18/20
Brilliant pale straw colour with slight green hues, very pale on rim. The nose is very elegant and finely presented with aromas of exotic florals, lime fruit and honeysuckle entwined with talc and minerals lifted by fermentation esters. Dry to taste, a smooth, soft-textured, concentrated line of aromatic florals, limes and sherbetty-talc flavours flows on the palate. The mouthfeel is soft-textured with ripe acidity providing subtle tension and energy. Esters and honey elements add detail and interest to the flavours, which are carried to a very long, lingering, crisp and dry finish. This is a very elegant and detailed dry Riesling with lifted floral, honeysuckle and exotic talc flavours. Serve as an aperitif, or with Asian fare over the next 4-6 years, but this could age longer. Riesling fruit from Bannockburn cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 6.1 g/L RS with 8.3 g/L TA and pH 2.81. Winemaker: P.J. Charteris. 168 dozen made. 18.0/20 Aug 2013 RRP $2.95

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36 Bottles Central Otago Riesling 2014

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

18.5/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is very tightly bound and elegantly presented with delicate and pure aromas of white florals, white stonefruits and limes, revealing subtle, mouthwatering saline and flinty, mineral nuances. Off-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, softly concentrated and gently luscious flavours of white stonefruits, apples and lime are lifted by white floral elements, and form a precise core with drive and energy. The fruit and sweetness are beautifully balanced by lacy acidity lending a refined, dry texture and minerally line. The wine leads to a subtly nuanced, long lingering, mouthwatering finish. This is an elegant, off-dry Riesling of precision and purity with subtle lusciousness and minerality. Serve as an aperitif and with mildly spicy Asian fare over the next 5+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Bald Hills’ Bannockburn vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 11.4% alc. and 12 g/L RS, TA 8.3 g/L and pH 2.81. 18.5/20 Sep 2015 RRP $25.70

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