New Zealand
Waitaki Valley

Ostler Vineyards

Never heard of New Zealand’s Waitaki Valley? You’re in good company. Few wine lovers have. Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Waitaki Valley is not only the country’s newest—and smallest—wine region, but also its riskiest, climatically speaking, due to recurrent frosts, which have discouraged some of its pioneers. Of the roughly 300 acres of vines that have been planted in Waitaki Valley, only one-half to two-thirds are still in production this year.
Matt Kramer on Ostler : While tasting through the array I came upon a producer I had never previously tasted or even heard of. Yet when I tasted their Pinot Noir I was bowled over: Ostler Vineyards "Caroline's" Pinot Noir struck me as a remarkable wine. I managed to taste three vintages worth; the 2008, 2009 and 2010 and all shared the same—dare I say it?—Chambolle-Musigny-like qualities of mineral-scented perfuminess allied to a layered depth and dimensionality. Produced in the ultracool, limestone-rich Waitaki Valley in New Zealand's South Island, it was a revelation. Here was the future!
The wine making is carried out by Jeff Sinnott with as little intervention as possible, using traditional Burgundian and Alsatian techniques to produce their flagship Caroline's Pinot Noir and Audrey's Pinot gris.

They also make fine aromatic white wines - riesling and pinot gris - under the Ostler label, from fruit produced by selected growers who are also as committed to serious viticulture. They are owner operators who have their own unique terroir giving each of their vineyards a tantalising point of difference.

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