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At bottling this wine showed great jazzy red and black fruit lift typical of this vineyard. The whole bunch fermentation characters of wild strawberry, cloves & mint are nicely interwoven into beautiful dried herb characters of cool climate pinot. There is nicely understated toastiness from the oak.
The palate is fine grained and very intensely flavoured, showing black, slightly plummy fruit with characteristic cherry & cranberry flavours pushing through the mid palate. The wine has a tremendous drive, energy or nervosité with some attractive fruit sweetness balancing elegant acidity and fine sinewy tannins. Palate length is impressive.
The Ostler Caroline's Pinot Noir comes from a tiny ultra premium region called Waitaki Valley in Otago. This valley is blessed with 38 million years old limestone seams that are not found anywhere else in New Zealand. What the limestone adds to the Ostler Caroline's Pinot Noir are beautiful minerality and characteristics that are often associated with top burgundy pinot noirs. Wine Spectator's Matt Kramer writes "The Ostler Caroline’s 2010 reminds me of a fine Chambolle- Musigny, a Burgundy village noted for its layered, perfumed Pinot Noirs made from limestone soils. Frankly, I can’t think of higher praise than that. Hard to find, but worth the effort." We can't argue with that.
International Wine Challenge - Gold
Bob Campbell - 96 points
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