Carrick Central Otago
Steve Davies, Carrick’s winemaker, seems to be getting into his stride with the latest releases from the Cairnmuir terraces in the Bannockburn district of Central Otago. The main focus in the estate vineyards is Pinot Noir. The wine has real depth, concentration and spicy, plummy fruit complexity and it is now amongst the best of the region if missing the extra class of Felton Road or Mount Edward. Chardonnay is also one of the region’s best – intense and stylish with depth and breadth, even a hint of minerality, and the structure to improve for at least 2–3 years. Sauvignon (a small part made in used oak) is cool and zesty. The spice, melon and pear fruit intensity still wants for better definition but shows promise. Other wines include Riesling, a more richly oaked Chardonnay EBM, a more everyday version of Pinot Noir (Unravelled) and now a Rosé. A new Pinot Noir has been produced from 2005 from the single Excelsior Vineyard.
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