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These wines are a tribute to my friend and mentor, the late Howard Patterson, a visionary who recognised the viticultural potential of the Waitaki Valley. Cocooned by mountains on all sides, the Waitaki Valley wine-growing region lies 40km inland from the Pacific Ocean, stretching a mere 20km between Duntroon and Kurow on the southern flanks of the Waitaki River. Here, gentle north-facing slopes allow successful viticulture similar to Central Otago, with 1000 plus growing degree days. Unique to the region however, are the soils - free-draining river gravels, inter-layered with ancient limestone seabed. This combination of unique soil and climate gives Waitaki Valley wines their own distinctive personality; while still reflecting characteristics typical of Otago.
Niche warm north west sloping, 5-15å¡, vineyard consisting of ancient white limestone soils inter layered with Waitaki river gravels allows grapes to truly ripen in these southerly latitudes: ‰ÛÏCool climate viticulture on the edge‰. The result; inky black dark cherry coloured wine with an intensely floral nose - violets and lavender, flavours of summer fruits -raspberry and cherry and a savoury earthen aromas. Pinot Noir with a strong backbone of chalky minerality, fine drying tannins and focused acidity. It‰۪s nicely integrated, complex , with excellent balance and persistent length - Simply stunning!
92 points Lisa Perroti-Brown ERobertParker.com
90 points Bob Campbell MW
Gold Medal Decanter Asia 2013
Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2013