36 Bottles and Winesmiths 2013 Central Otago Pinot Noirs

16-Oct-2014
The ‘36 Bottles’ Central Otago brand of Douglas Brett and Jane Young is taking large strides as it progresses from the initial release of a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Noir from the 2008 vintage to a range that includes a Rosé, Riesling and Chardonnay, as well as a second tier Pinot Noir under the ‘Winesmiths’ label. Not only is the portfolio expanding, but the quality of the wines is rising, with the Rosé 2013 earning 5-stars in Cuisine magazine, and both the Riesling and Chardonnay, also from the same vintage taking gold at the recent New World Wine Awards. 2013 seems to be a particularly good vintage for 36 Bottles, possibly reflecting the relationship that has grown between the contact winemakers James McElrea, and Sarah-Kate and Dan Dinneen of Maude winery. Douglas has also become even more hands-on than ever with the winemaking and blending roles.

In February earlier this year, my partner Sue (who is an agent for 36 Bottles) and I had the opportunity of having a preview tasting of the 2013 vintage 36 Bottles Pinot Noir as a barrel sample, presented by Douglas (click here to read my report). I thought it possibly the best Pinot Noir yet under the 36 Bottles label. In August this year, Sue and I also had input in the final blending decision for what would be the 2013 Winesmiths Pinot Noir. We found the process fun and believe that the wine would be a good one offering enjoyment and value. The wines have now been finished and bottled. Here are my reviews of the wines. www.36bottles.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Winesmiths Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • 36 Bottles Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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