Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
The fruit comes predominantly from the Winter Vineyard, with the balance grown on the Broken Arrow block at Lowburn. 10% whole bunch inclusion with the rest whole berry, and little or no new oak used.
Bright cherry and dark berry fruit emanate from this Fresh, vibrant, lifted and fragrant wine. There is some subtle spice and brooding complexity but it’s wrapped in a cloak of fruit. The palate is deep but compact, with generous fruit on a strong-boned frame. Clean and vibrant with cherries and red berries. There's some tannin about the entry but pillowy fruit on the mid palate. Spritely acidity balances well with the tannin backbone. It’s smooth yet tactile enough to give defined structure. Length and persistence, silky to the end. This wine is generous and drinkable but will grow in complexity with time.
"Clear, bright crimson-purple, this is wondrously fragrant, with truly beautiful red and black cherry riddled with spice. Power without excess baggage, not the Central sledgehammer style, despite 30 days on skins. 14% alc; screwcap. Drink to 2025. 96 points." James Halliday, The Australian
PJ Charteris and Christina Pattison are a trans-Tasman love story. They come from either side of the ditch and Charteris draws on a deep well of experience, respect and sheer goodwill from Central Otago to the Hunter and far beyond. Kiwi-born PJ cut his teeth in Waikato before studying winemaking at Roseworthy and working stints in the Hunter Valley, Coonawarra, Clare and Oregon. He went on to join the winemaking team at Lindemans in Mildura and then Penfolds in the Barossa. He returned to the Hunter Valley in 1999 to take up the position of winemaker at Brokenwood, where he met Christina during a distinguished 12-year career.
The couple scoured Australia and New Zealand for the ideal site/variety combination and finally found it in the guise of the Winter Vineyard, a top Pinot Noir site with the A-list address of Felton Road, Bannockburn in Central Otago. The first vintage was 2008; three years later PJ bid farewell to Brokenwood to focus on the fledgling family label. Charteris makes single-vineyard Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus a Central Otago Pinot conceived by PJ to keep Christina’s hands off the Winter Vineyard museum stock.
“What does Central Otago taste like?” ponders PJ. “In my mind’s eye I have an idea but every year the stars will align to give me a slightly different picture. It is going to be an exciting journey." It certainly is. We hope the rest of you will join us for the ride.