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Locharburn Central Otago 2017 Chardonnay and 2016 Pinot Noir

27 February,2018

Chris and Jenny Hill operate ‘Locharburn’, a 14 ha vineyard sited overlooking the Locharburn stream and Lake Dunstan on the Cromwell-Luggate highway. They have Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay planted. Chris and Jenny are dedicated to the vineyard, with Chris tending to the viticulture, and Jenny the marketing and administration, which is in addition to her mixed-media and textile art work. While they contract fruit out, they take pride in their own label which was launched in 2004. They have the talented Jen Parr as their contracted winemaker going forward, having made their wines previously. Here, I review the 2017 Chardonnay, made by Jen, and the 2016 Pinot Noir.made by Jody Pagey at Terra Sancta.


Locharburn Central Otago Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Otago


Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is very taut and tightly bound with light aromas of white stonefruits and waxy barrel-ferment and subtle nutty oak suggestions. The aromatics open up in volume with aeration to reveal white floral elements. Medium-bodied, the palate has a tight and finely concentrated core of soft stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours along with gentle creamy and waxy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained phenolc textures that provide drive and line. The fruit is bright and enlivened by fresh acidity and carries to a lingering finish. This is a taut and tightly bound Chardonnay with a concentrated core of white stonefruits and citrus fruits along with subtle barrel-ferment and oak nuances, showing sweetness, drive and liveliness. It needs another year in bottle to show its potential. Serve with roasted and grilled seafood and poultry dishes over the next 4+ years. Clone 548 fruit from vines planted in 2009 and 2014, WBP and fully barrel fermented with full solids, partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new oak with some batonnage and partial MLF. 17.5-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $32.00

Locharburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Moderately dark, deep ruby-red colour, paler on the edge with slight purple hues. The nose is fresh and firm with concentrated aromas of ripe dark cheery fruit with subtle notes of dark herbs, unfolding dark raspberry notes with a little liquorice and minerals. Medium-full bodied, the palate is bright and lively with fresh fruit flavours of dark-red cherries and raspberries, along with a subtle thread of dark-red florals, dark herbs and minerals. The mouthfeel is crisp and zesty with fresh acidity enlivening the fruit. Fine-grained tannin extraction underlines the fruit, with the acidity carrying the vibrant fruit to a lingering finish. This is a bright and lively, aromatic dark-red cherry and raspberry fruited Pinot Noir with crisp acidity and fine-grained tannins. Match with tuna and salmon, and poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Clones 5, 777 and 667, from vines 14 y.o., the fruit hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new oak. 18.0-/20 Feb 2018 RRP $38.00

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