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Kawarau Estate’s family owned estate vineyards are located against the foothills of the Pisa Range, an area where gold miners of the 19th and early 20th centuries roamed. The labels depict some identities from the Central Otago gold mining era. The wines are open vat fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (the Estate uses 1 to 5 year old barrels, the Reserve about 25% new barrels). Wild yeasts drive the ferments and minimal fining and filtration is used.
The wines are imported to the United States by Station Imports LLC, Colorado Springs, CO.
2008 Kawarau Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $16, screw cap. Imported by Station Imports LLC, Colorado Springs, CO. From an family owned organically farmed vineyard. The label depicts identities from Central Otago’s gold mining era. Crafted by noted winemaker Dean Shaw at Central Otago Wine Company. · Complex aromatic profile of wild berries, rose tea, underbrush, savory spice, and oak. Light but pleasing core of cherries, cranberries and pomegranates with a slight confected note and a grapefruit peel infused finish. Crafted for current drinking. Good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 Kawarau Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $19.80, screw cap. Made from an organically-farmed vineyard located on the Pisa Flats of Cromwell. Certified organic by Biogrow NZ. Imported by Station Imports LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado. · Restrained fruit with prominent oak char on the nose. Red plum and berry flavors with a vein of oak and citrus running through. A simple, fruit-driven wine that will appeal to oak lovers. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »
2007 Kawarau Estate Reserve Central Otago New Zealand Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $31, screw cap. Imported by Station Imports, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The estate vineyard is located north of Cromwell in the heart of Central Otago and is organically certified by Biogro. · On the nose there is shy cherry and berry fruit with up front green garden, vanilla and dirty boot aromas. Very tasty dark red berry core, moderately rich, encased in soft tannins and complimentary oak. Smoothly textured and easy to drink. The oak has been noticeably toned down from previous vintages. The flavors trump the nose at this stage. Decent (+). Reviewed December 16, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Kawarau Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $30, screw cap. Imported by Station Imports LLC, Colorado Springs, CO. · A complex wine with plenty of things going on, but the fruit never really comes to the forefront. Lean cherry, grass, earth, smoke, oak and a little vinegar scents. Earthy, grassy, woody and a touch green overshadowing the cherry core. Pushy tannins on the finish. Reviewed October 13, 2008 ARTICLE »
2006 Kawarau Estate Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $40, screw cap. · Dense reddish-purple color.Sturdy nose of toast, plum, blackberry jam and smoke. A ramped up, big and chewy wine that is all about extracted fruit. The tannins are nicely tamed and the mouthfeel is soft. A woody, green edge mars the finish. Trying for too much here. This wine could be from anywhere. Reviewed October 13, 2008 ARTICLE »
2003 Kawarau Estate Reserve Central Otago New Zealand Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $32, Strict organic farming with low yields. · The aromatics and flavors feature wild strawberries. A very tangy wine with a lengthy finish. This will be a terrific dinner table wine, especially with summer barbecue. Reviewed April 16, 2006