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Pisa Range Estate 2014 Riesling and ‘Run 245’ Pinot Noir

02 July,2015
Established in 1995, the 33 ha ‘Pisa Range Estate’ vineyard of Warwick and Jenny Hawker is one of the earliest planted in the Pisa district. The vineyard produces the very successful ‘Black Poplar Block’ Pinot Noir from the hillside terraces, while newer plantings on the flatter blocks have proven to be very promising. Here, I review the new 2014 Riesling from 1.5 ha of vines, first yielding in 2012, and the second tier ‘Run 245’ Pinot Noir from younger Dijon clone vines, around 10 y.o. The wines are made by Rudi Bauer, of Quartz Reef, who has made all of the Pisa Range Estate wines. www.pisarangeestate.co.nz


Pisa Range Estate Pisa Central Otago Riesling 2014

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago


Brilliant, pale straw-yellow colour, very light on the rim. The bouquet is very fine in proportion, the aromatics a little reserved in expression, but showing pure lime and soft citrus fruit notes, revealing subtle layers of toast, mineral and honeysuckle detail. The nose gently builds in density with aeration. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is soft-textured and has a rounded core of lime fruit, white florals, and nuances of minerals, toast and honey, providing a delicate richness to the mouthfeel. The wine follows a very fine-textured, easy flowing line with soft, ripe, background acidity, and carries to an elegant, lingering finish of limes, minerals and honey. This is a soft and fine-textured, dryish Riesling with restrained citrus, mineral and honied flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 4 years. The third release of a Pisa Range Estate Riesling, hand-picked fruit from the flat block, cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 4 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 May 2016 RRP $28.00

The third release of a Pisa Range Estate Riesling, hand-picked fruit from the flat block, cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 4 g/L RS. Brilliant, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fresh and elegant in proportion with tightly concentrated, pure aromas of white florals, lime fruit and mouthwatering minerals. Subtle acacia and jasmine nuances emerge in the glass. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, soft and pure fruit flavours of white florals, citrus fruits and minerals feature on the palate. The fruit is gently juicy and lush, and flows with a softly concentrated core following a smooth, finely textured line. The acidity is ripe and soft, providing a restrained drive and stylish energy, carrying the wine to a mouthwatering dry, minerally, citrussy finish. This is a softly presented dry Riesling with pure floral and lime fruit, and minerally notes. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 5+ years. 17.5/20 Jul 2015 RRP $28.00

Pisa Range Estate ‘Run 245’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

‘Run 245’ was the pastoral tenure number of the land given in 1866. Dijon clone fruit from vines 11-13 y.o. on the flat block, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged one year in one-third new French oak barriques. Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is fresh, bright and tightly bound with elegantly concentrated dark red berry and black cherry fruit aromas intermixed with reductive minerally notes. The aromatics grow in intensity, revealing dark herb and iron-earth detail. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of black berries and cherries are well-concentrated and sweetly expressed with lusciousness and a degree of fleshiness. Minerally reduction, dark herbs and earthy elements add to the flavour interest. The wine follows a soft-textured, fine-grained tannin line, with soft acidity adding to the drive and line. The palate leads to a long, lingering finish of bitter black cherries and minerals. This is a tightly concentrated and fine-featured black fruited Pinot Noir showing some youthful reduction. Match with venison, game and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4+ years. 16.5+/20 Jul 2015 RRP $34.00


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