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Tasting Central Otago 2002 Pinot Noirs – August 2011


The team of Appellation Central Queenstown wine guides got together for a much anticipated tasting of the 2002 Pinot Noirs. We were delighted to share this occasion with Central Pioneer Alan Brady, founder of Gibbston Valley Wines, Mt Edward Wines and now Wild Irishman.

Wines Tasted:

  • Akarua – Air NZ Trophy winner
  • Olssens Slapjack Creek – Multi golds
  • Gibbston Valley Reserve – Multi golds
  • Felton Road Block 5
  • Black Ridge (Oldest vines in line up)
  • Valli (Gibbston)
  • Mt Edward

There was no question back in 2002 that it was a great vintage. Many of the wines back then showed great structure, deep colour and full tannins, all good signs for aging. In the subsequent years there was discussion that maybe some of the wines would peak early and questions were raised about the status of the vintage as our greatest.

– One corked wine
– One wine passed its best and mildly oxidised
– The five remaining wines were outstanding and were only just starting to peak!

Conclusion: A great tasting that showed the best of Central Otago’s Pinot Noirs from good vintages will easily mature and improve for 10 years or more.

Detailed report and tasting notes to follow on Appellation Central’s Queenstown Wine Tour website.

Tasting Team


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