Ostler Pinot Gris and 2011 ‘Caroline’s Pinot Noir

01-Jul-2014
It was a blow to the emerging Waitaki Valley vignoble when Pasquale pulled out of winegrowing in the district. However the enthusiasm and belief in the unique terroir of this inland, limestone-soiled district to produce exciting minerally wine is undiminished. The region’s major players such as Ostler and John Forrest have stepped up and redoubled their efforts. The Ostler Vineyards operation of Jim and Anne Jerram, and Jeff Sinnott celebrated 10 vintages with the 2013 releases. The Ostler Vineyards fruit, supplemented with the Rob and Pam Crosbie’s ‘Blue House’ grapes and those of Paul Sinnott’s ‘Lakeside’ fruit are showing increasing differentiation of style and growing consistency with each vintage. Here, I review three Pinot Gris, the 2013 from the ‘Lakeside’ and ‘Audrey’s’ from the 'Clos Ostler' vineyards, the 2012 'Blue House', and the 2011 ‘Caroline’s’ Pinot Noir, from the Ostler vines. www.ostlerwine.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Ostler ‘Lakeside Vines’ Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris 2013
  • Ostler ‘Blue House Vines’ Waitaki Pinot Gris 2012
  • Ostler ‘Audrey’s’ Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris 2013
  • Ostler ‘Caroline’s’ Waitaki Pinot Noir 2011

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