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OSTLER Caroline's 2013

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Caroline's Caroline's

OSTLER Caroline's 2013

OSTLER Caroline's Pinot Noir, Waitaki Valley
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OSTLER Caroline's Pinot Noir, Waitaki Valley
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Region: Waitaki Valley
  • Code: OCPNWV
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Country: New Zealand

Winery OSTLER

‘Never heard of Waitaki? You're not alone. The fledgling region in North Otago is on the margins of viticultural possibility and that's kept the hordes away and forced some early entrants – including Craggy Range – to abandon their endeavors. The limestone-based soils lured the region's pioneers here and the handful that have endured their victories and defeats have made some truly elegant Pinot Noir.

Jim Jerram, the co-founder of Ostler Vineyards, is one of those pioneers. He planted 8ha of vines on a limestone-based slope in 2001, after 29 years as a GP. ‘We saw the site and thought it was a mini Côte d'Or. It’s on an escarpment too, above the main valley floor, so we get away from frost pockets,’ he said.

Ostler's 2008 Caroline's Vineyard Pinot Noir was the first vintage to make an impression, followed by excellent 2009 and 2010 efforts. After a slightly skeletal example in the cool 2011 vintage, showing the precariousness of this region, it is back on form with its current release: 2013.’Rebecca Gibb MW.