Ostler’s 2014 and 2013 Waitaki Valley Releases

05-Aug-2015
With over a decade of winegrowing in the Waitaki Valley, Jim and Anne Jerram, and Jeff Sinnott of Ostler’s Vineyard have a better understanding than most of the intricacies of growing in the extreme vignoble. The large diurnal temperatures and continental climate along with the variously limestone-influenced soils all play their part in the distinctive wines. Their wines are sourced from three sites: their own ‘Clos Ostler’ vineyard, the ‘Blue House’ vines of Rob and Pam Crosbie, who have their plantings 12 km away, and the ‘Lakeside Vines’ of Paul Sinnott’s development at Lake Waitaki with little limestone influence, inland from Kurow. The differences are subtle to some degree and quite complementary. However, in some vintages, the growing season takes precedence and 2014 was challenging from frost, ripeness and rainfall. Thankfully, 2013 was a "more benevolent’ growing season. Here, I review a new selection of 2004 and 2013 releases. www.ostlerwine.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Ostler ‘The Cleavage’ Waitaki Valley Rosé 2014
  • Ostler Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris 2014
  • Ostler ‘Lakeside Vines’ Waitaki Valley Riesling 2013
  • Ostler ‘Blue House Vines’ Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2013
  • Ostler ‘Caroline’s’ Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2013

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