New wines rated highly by Raymond Chan! February 10, 2018 13:43

Our two newest wines have attracted the attention of well regarded wine critic Raymond Chan. Read below for full reviews.

Black Ridge ‘Old Vine’ Central Otago Riesling 2017 

Brilliant pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the edge.  The nose is taut and tightly bound with refined and gently penetrating aromas of lime fruit, white florals and wet-stone mineral elements along with a suggestion of toast.  This has purity, clarity and precision.  Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has finely concentrated flavours of limes and lemonade with white floral notes, toast and minerals.  The mouthfeel possesses very fine textures from the fruit extract and phenolics, lending a chalky mouthfeel.  The acidity is firm and lacy and the wine flows with good linearity to a lingering finish of lime and minerals.  This is a taut and refined off-dry Riesling with lime, floral and mineral flavours on a fine-textured palate with intensity and linearity.  Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 5-6 years.

Black Ridge Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 

Moderately deep garnet-hued red colour, a little lighter on the rim.  The nose is elegant in proportion with secondary fruit aromas of savoury red berry fruit entwined with dried thyme herbs, along with a complexing layer of undergrowth and nutty oak elements.  The aromatics form a well-concentrated core.  Medium-full bodied, the palate has lively fruit flavours of savoury red cherry and berry fruits melded with dried herbs, some undergrowth elements with earthy and nutty notes.  The palate has good depth and presence, and the fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin textures lending a subtle core and line.  This has good acidity and energy, and the wine carries to an elegant finish.  This is an elegant Pinot Noir with savoury secondary red fruits, herbs and undergrowth notes on a fine-textured palate with good liveliness.  Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 4 years.  

These wines are not yet available to purchase online. If you would like to get your hands on some call (03) 449 2059 or email