Wooing Tree 2013 Chardonnay and Beetle Juice Pinot Noir

20-Jun-2014
It is reckoned that hillside vineyards are the best for quality, but the Farquharson and Bews familys’ Wooing Tree vineyard in Cromwell is on relatively flat land, and is producing first-class wines. The site was established by Robin Dicey, a man with a reputation for recognising good terroir throughout Central Otago. Planted in 2002, the performance of the vines is improving with vine age, as can be gauged by the success of the wines. The site, measuring 26 ha, has 16 ha planted almost exclusively to Pinot Noir clones, with 1 ha of clone 95 Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir wines, across the secondary ‘Beetle Juice’, estate and ‘Sandstorm Reserve’ tiers can be expected to do well, and they in fact all deliver. The Chardonnay variety, which generally has had mixed success in Central Otago, seems to be in a favourable location at Wooing Tree, as it is becoming one of the notable examples in the region. Here, I review the new release 2012 Chardonnay and ‘Beetle Juice’ Pinot Noir. www.wooingtree.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Wooing Tree Central Otago Chardonnay 2013
  • Wooing Tree ‘Beetle Juice’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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