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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Carrick Wines - Central Otago, New Zealand

As part of out trip down south a few weeks back, we made a visit to the Bannockburn wine region in Central Otago - a small area near Clyde which hosts some very good wineries.

Our first stop for wine tasting was Carrick wines, in Cairnmuir Road

Carrick has an impressive tasting room and restaurant overlooking the Bannockburn inlet of Lake Dunstan, and in the distance, the Carrick Range. On a fine day you can eat al fresco and enjoy the superb views. Meanwhile inside the Cellar Door, glass floor panels allow views of around 300 barrels in the cellars below.
Around 30 Ha (74 acres) are planted in the usual Central suspects, but also Sauvignon Blanc – which undergoes some oak ageing before bottling.

The wines ...
Carrick Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $NZ19.50
Local fruit and partially fermented in old French oak barrels.
Fuller and richer than the Marlborough style, flavours of gooseberry and green bell pepper.

Carrick Riesling 2008 $NZ20.50
19 grams per litre of residual sugar – balances nicely with the lemon/lime and floral flavours.

Carrick Chardonnay 2007 $NZ25.50
Crisp and mineral, with a cashew nut creaminess.

Carrick Crown & Ross Pinot Noir 2008 $NZ32.50
Spicy and savoury aromas, with red berry fruit flavours. Medium style.

Carrick Pinot Noir 2007 $NZ45.00
Low cropping vintage gives intense fruit flavours. Smoky aromas and flavours of black cherry and mocha.

For info on my wine tours in auckland New Zealand see: Fine Wine Tours

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