Caroline's Pinot Noir 2016 (6 bottle case)
Perhaps Ostler’s finest-ever Pinot Noir, according to our winemaker Jeff Sinnott.
The 2016 Caroline’s is a truly exceptional vintage, offering all you could wish for in a fine New Zealand Pinot Noir.
It features a rich bouquet of concentrated, ripe plum, cranberry and spiced cherry with hints of herbs and liquorice. Its velvety textures are complemented by a hint of pepper – a characteristic of its Waitaki Valley origins. Drinking beautifully now, expect the 2016 Caroline’s to remain at its best through until 2030.
The pinot noir grapes are grown on our limestone-rich Clos Ostler Vineyard on an escarpment above the valley floor near Duntroon. It is named in memory of a remarkable young friend who succumbed to a rare malignancy at the age of 24. We don’t make the Caroline’s Pinot Noir every year, only when the ripe grapes are of the highest quality.
“An outstanding wine of exceptional balance and harmony” – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
“The impressive 2016 vintage is a powerful young red, deeply coloured” – Michael Cooper
Food matches: Beautiful to drink with all game meats – duck, venison, merino back straps – but is ‘big enough’ to tackle a juicy beef ribeye.
Jeff’s tasting notes: The wine has a compelling bright, crimson/purple colour. Aromatically it is profound, showing some of the classic cool-climate Pinot characters of cranberry and dark cherry. There are exotic spice and a lovely mossy earthiness. Intriguing brown spice notes, anise and cinnamon with a tasty lick of black pepper emerge as a regional characteristic in the Waitaki. In the mouth, the wine is sublime. In its extreme youth it feels energetic and vital, much like a young Burgundy. There is tension, fine grained, powdery tannins, crunchy acid and gently warming alcohol which provide a textural framework for the wine to express this amazing site.
Ratings: The 2016 Caroline’s is the first Ostler wine to receive 98 points out of 100, thanks to Ray Jordan in The West Australian. Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) rated it 97/100 and has also received a bevy of 96 and 97 points from other wine critics around the world, as well as a gold medal in the London International Wine Competition.