‘With a few vintage’s of Caroline’s Pinot Noir under their belt it’s possible to recognise a sense of place in this fine, taut and elegant wine. Red cherry, chalky mineral, floral/violet and subtle spice flavours are some of the characters in this subtle, yet powerful wine. Approachable now but should age well. Drink 2015 to 2023.’
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.