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The wines of Carrick Vineyards, Central Otago, New Zealand

Central Otago, the world’s most southerly wine region, is on a bit of a roll at the moment (see this article for more on this region), and one of the new band of producers helping to create this buzz is Carrick. For me, the Pinot Noir is the pick of this range – a lovely wine. The whites were nice enough but not in the same league.

Carrick Sauvignon Blanc 2002 Central Otago
Sweet edged grassy fruit on the nose. Firm, high-acid palate. Fresh and fruity. Very good+ 87/100

Carrick Pinot Gris 2003 Central Otago
Sweet fresh fruit nose. Rounded, fresh and fruity on the palate. A bit simple. Very good+ 86/100

Carrick Chardonnay 2002 Central Otago
Lovely rich intense fruit – vivid, herby and rich. The palate is rounded with intense fruit character, in a bold style. Very good+ 89/100

Carrick Pinot Noir 2002 Central Otago
Lovely intensely savoury nose with medicinal spicy fruit. The concentrated palate shows intense spicy fruit with nice structure. Quite elegant despite the size. A brilliant effort. Very good/excellent 93/100

UK agent: Bonhote Foster (bonhote-admin@dial.pipex.com)

see also: tasting notes of New Zealand wines

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