Charteris is PJ returning to his NZ roots. It’s his chance to put forth his own spin on the Central Otago Wine Region. With his local connections, PJ has secured a suite of excellent vineyard to source his fruit from. Since the brand’s conception in 2008, his wines have received high critical acclaim from wine critics and consumers alike. Charteris producers a single vineyard site Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir from the sub regional of Bannockburn and a Central Otago Blend Pinot Noir.
I tasted this among a range of pinot noirs and it stood out head and shoulders. You’re only as good as your competition of course but the truth is that the quality here sits firmly and squarely. It’s beautifully spiced and the cut of tannin is noteworthy. I always like it when structure and spice stand out before fruit, though there’s nothing underpowered about the latter. It’s a boysenberried pinot with smoke notes and florals. There’s both a ripeness and a juiciness to the palate but there’s also an emphasis on dryness. It’s a most impressive wine. Tasted: Jan 2020; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $43; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020 - 2027; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The WineFront
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