Ostler Caroline's Pinot Noir 2016
The Ostler Caroline’s 2016 is a rare vintage – perhaps even a ‘once in a lifetime’ vintage.
After 15 months in French oak barriques Caroline’s 2016 will be bottled next month, August. Before racking into a cold stabilizing tank we gathered, in June, to blind taste the barrels. The wine was frankly astonishing!
We have decided, once again, to offer this vintage as an 'en-Primeur' special, prior to this wine being bottled. If you buy this wine now, we will ship to any New Zealand address, within a month of bottling. Don't miss out on this incredible wine!
Cameron Douglas - Master Sommelier
Ostler Caroline’s 2016 before-release score: 95 Points
Sight: Deep ruby with a purple hue, persistent throughout then changes to a youthful and bright pink rim.
Nose: Powerful, youthful, varietal and significant; aromas of oak spices lead then darker red fruits - dark red cherry, black cherry, some black currant and plum; quite floral with a violet and black rose layer; brown spices of oak with clove & vanilla then new oak wood; an earthy/mineral layer of dry stone and sandstone. Overall - intense, ripe and displaying obvious complexity and a lengthy dry finish of almost 1 minute.
Structure: Immediately engages the palate senses with a core of dark cherry and plum flavours - laced with oak and oak spice; abundant tannins with a mix of textures from chalk to course silk to needle point; medium++ acidity and medium+ alcohol. I like the unfiltered texture - this adds tension to the structure and works well.
Summary: A complex though youthful wine with a core of fruit, minerality and acidity bound together with oak and abundant tannins, silken textures and engaging palate attributes. A wine that will integrate and develop slowly over the next 4-6 years with a likely best drinking window of 2020 to 2030.
Joelle Thomson, writer, author and wine blogger:
2016 Ostler Caroline’s Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir: 5 stars
North Otago is the newest wine region in New Zealand and also one of its most promising for high quality Pinot Noir, such as Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir, made by Jeff Sinnott and Jim Jerram, who together established some of the first vineyards in the Waitaki Valley in the early 2000s. This wine is an elegant style of Pinot Noir with great concentration of flavour (think: cherries and ripe dark plums), a full body and velvety smooth texture. Its hallmark is its ‘Pinotesque' high acidity, which bodes well for its long term aging, as does its pedigree of very good quality wines since the mid 2000s. Its young history shows an outstanding ability to age and its fruit flavours remain faithful to what great Pinot Noir is all about.