The exceptional 2019 vintage sparks a double Barrels release this September; Eight Barrels Pinot Noir 2019 made from grapes grown in the cooler Gibbston sub-region and Eleven Barrels Pinot Noir 2019 from our Parkburn site in Lowburn.
Each of the six Central Otago sub-region offers unique and compelling Pinot Noir expressions. As a pioneer in the region, we strive to offer “a pure expression of Central Otago”. The Barrels series showcases the pinnacle of our Pinot Noir offering, releasing wines that eloquently speak of their sub-region, site and season in years the temperamental Central Otago climate puts on a show.
2019 was one of those magical years where a combination of low yields and slow ripening lent to fantastic concentration in the wines. Winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis even says: “I am more excited about the 2019 than I think any vintage previously. It really just was one of those perfect storms.”
Malcolm expertly selected eight barrels from Rockburn’s Gibbston Back Road Vineyard and crafted a single-vineyard wine that displays elegance and grace. With a fine balance of ripe tannin, natural acidity and lively fruit, this wine truly represents Gibbston and its complex nature of being the highest and coolest sub-region.
Power, generosity and intensity on the other hand best describe Rockburn’s Eleven Barrels Pinot Noir 2019, made from grapes grown at their Parkburn Vineyard. With the fine balance of ripe fruit, natural acidity and mineral tension this wine truly represents the Pisa sub-region and its unique nature of being sheltered from the striking Pisa ranges.
The 2019 Eight and Eleven Barrels Pinot Noir will be available at selected wine retailers, restaurants and our Online Shop from 1 September 2020.