FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
FIVE STARS | Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
FIVE STARS | The Wine Writer
Neck of the Woods are a boutique Central Otago producer with a whole lot of attitude. Their ethos is to create small batch, minimal intervention wines with 'bold tastes and bolder characters'.
Their 2019 pinot noir walks on the dark, savoury side of the fence. Fruit from the Bendigo region was hand picked and carefully handled in the winery before extended oak ageing. The result is an elegant, graceful wine with bright, fresh fruit notes and supple tannins. At $31.99 on case buys, this is outstanding buying for quality Central Otago pinot of this calibre.
Sam Kim writes "Beautifully styled and elegantly expressed, the wine shows dark plum, floral, subtle game, mushroom and almond characters on the nose, followed by a gorgeously flowing palate that's fleshy and lingering. Elegant, complex and refined with layers of delectable flavours. From a single vineyard in the China Terrace district."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Youthful, varietal, complex and sophisticated bouquet. Aromas of Bendigo first with scents of schist and wild herb, then fresh red cherry and red currant, moments of raspberry and wild flowers. As the wine opens up in glass the core of fruit becomes stronger and more pure. Oak use is of judiciously placed spice and toast attributes adding breadth and depth as well as complexity. Equally complex on the palate, but also quite new still, fresh and vibrant with fruit flavours that mirror the nose, firm youthful textures from chalky textured tannins and acidity and combined with the juicy salivating core of fruit and oak adds structure and ageing attributes."
The winery writes "Aromas of plum, dark cherry, red licorice and rosemary on the nose with the addition of raspberry and cassis on the palate. This sexy, understated wine exudes elegance with persistent bright red fruit, fine tannins and enduring freshness. The athletic frame speaks of its “classic” Bendigo origins, yet it’s supple and graceful side show a character less often found in the sub-region. It’s class in a glass!"