Day 16 in lockdown… ferments, wine and music

I’ve got two ferments going this morning and an invite to a music session with a bunch of Central Otago winemakers and a DJ online this afternoon. Not that I’m competing for ferments.

Mine are purely of the bread variety; olive and rosemary focaccia and hot cross buns for Easter.

I was planning to sit at my desk and work since I’m nothing, if not surrounded by wine, but it’s Easter and it’s a beautiful sun dappled day here, so I’ve selected a Central Otago Pinot Noir today made by Alex Coldicutt, who took over winemaking from Andy Anderson, who passed away from cancer last November. He established Takapoto Estate in late 2001 with the Plaw family and together they’ve won a huge string of accolades, including Best Pinot Trophy at the world’s biggest wine competition, the IWC, International Wine Competition.

I loved Andy’s wines and was a big fan of the 2014 Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir, which won the World’s best Pinot Noir Trophy at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2018.

Today’s wine for lockdown day 16

2015 Takapoto Estate Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir $75

Hand harvested grapes grown in Gibbston Valley, matured in French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Silkiness and power. Wild fresh red berries, soft tannins, bright refreshing acidity… It’s all present and counted in this lively, lovely, lingering Central Otago Pinot Noir from the world’s southernmost winew region. This wine drinks extremely well now but definitely has time up its powerful sleeve too. A keeper.

Thanks for sharing this wine, Alex. It was a privilege to taste it.

Stay safe, everyone, and happy Easter.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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