Wines of Wooing Tree, Central Otago

These tasting notes accompany our feature on Central Otago as part of our New Zealand 2020 series

White and Rosé Wines

(2020) An unusual white, made from Pinot Noir given minimal skin contact, so it has the faintest tinge of copper to the colour. A lovely nose, with crispness and crunch, a touch of yeastiness and plenty of crunchy apple fruit, a touch of zesty orange. Nice mouthfeel, a little sweetness, but the freshness and lemony acidity comes through.
(2020) Made from 100% Pinot Noir. Nice pale Provençal colour. A lot of exotic fruit and a touch of spice comes through, some sweet cherry notes. The palate has a lick of saltiness to the crunchy apple fruit, easy drinking and very attractive. Not available in UK retail at time of review.
(2020) Made from bought in fruit, part fermented in old oak, and with 9.6g/l of residual sugar. Custard note of the oak and a nice texture here, the touch of sweetness, with still very good, fresh acidity. Clarity and freshness, so the sweetness is balanced in the finish. No UK retail stockist at time of review.
(2020) This wine spends nine months in 100% French oak, 29% new barrels. Nicely handled oak, just adding a little buttery note and some vanilla, a hit of toast, then super fresh and limpid fruit on the palate, lots of citrus against the inherent fruit sweetness, juicy, pear and apple, and a rounding almond and buttery note in the finish. Stockist and price for an earlier vintage at time of review.

Red Wines

(2020) Most of the fruit for this entry level Pinot comes from the estate, but a little is bought in. 100% French oak for 10 months with 28% new. Very nice strawberry and custard nose, the spice is elegant and it has a finesse and lightness. Nice spice and tannin, and finishes well with balance and fruit. Not available in the UK at time of review.
(2020) The most recent vintage on the UK market, aged in 100% French oak, around a third new. Lovely perfume here, elegant and fresh, with floral notes and a sense of fruit concentration. Some raspberry and cherry tones, lovely focus here. The tight structural elements, the fine cherry acids, all give it a bit of cut and freshness.
(2020) A lot of depth to the colour, and loads of aromatics here, with some game perfume, a touch of roasted chestnut and fine ripe cherry and red berry fruit, there’s a lovely softening character to this, good sweet fruit and a weight Pinot Noir that drinks beautifully. Price and stockist is for the 2017 vintage at time of review.
(2020) Coffeeish note to this, a very pale. Colour, with warming spices, clove and cinnamon, a depth of autumnal soft fruit. A bit of leafy decaying undergrowth - sweet, ripe, a touch of Demerara sugar, but finesse, good balance, and a long finish. Not the best of these vintages, but in a good drinking place. No retail listing in the UK, so price is for a more recent vintage.
(2020) Elegant, light colour, a lift, floral and cherry freshness to this, an obvious extra dimension of floral lift compared to the 2005, still game and truffle, and great sweetness to the fruit, racy acids, plush but beautifully tempered, with finesse. Not available in retail in the UK. Stockist and price are for a more recent vintage.
(2020) Great perfume, so much florals, chestnut, game and undergrowth, roasted meats and great juiciness to the fruit. Elegance and sweetness, lots of fruit sweetness and ripe, creamy density, good length. The acid is nicely balanced and the tight tannin gives focus. No UK retail availability. Price and stockist quoted is for a more recent vintage.
(2020) What a treat to tasted the first ever vintage from Wooing Tree, a depth of truffle and game, such fabulous perfume, smokiness interweaving with ripe, sweet, fabulously opulent berry fruit. Fudge and chocolate notes, a wonderful harmony to this and drinking so well. Won multiple awards when released and, Steve says, put them on the map. Fabulous, though this vintage not available in retail in the UK.
(2020) 10% whole bunches and 100% French oak for 13 months, 33% new barrels. Nice pale colour, warming with a touch of maturing colour. Great nose, with some exotic spices and a touch of clove, the fruit is autumn berries and now a pleasing note of truffle and forest floor. The palate is dry, the tannins very fine with good balancing acids, the fruit is red berries and cream. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for a previous vintage.
(2020) An unusual sweet Pinot Noir, with 133g/l of sugar and 10% alcohol. Medium pale pink, lots of fresh cherry flavours, a touch of nectarine and a little bite of plum-skin acidity - maybe a touch of tannin just to add a little grip to the sweet, clean, enjoyable finish. Fun and very good. No UK retailers listed at time of review. Price for a half bottle.

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