Pioneer producers in New Zealand’s South Island’s Waitaki Valley
Twenty Sixteen was the perfect season. Warm without being hot, nicely balanced fruit set, open canopies, clean ripe bunches and near perfect maturity. The grapes were picked and the wine made with the respect it deserved. Deep purple colored with crimson hues, brooding aromas of dark berries, undergrowth and spice. A beautifully textural palate displaying classic layering of brambly fruit, exotic spice and seriously ripe, powdery tannins balanced by a good acid spine. Described by of one of the world’s foremost Burgundy pundits as a serious wine driven as much by terroir as fruit. This wine is testament to the skill and expertise of the winemaker and vineyard crew. Enjoy with fine food and friends.
"Totally memorable. This is not a wine for the faint hearted." - Cameron Douglas (MS).
100% Pinot Noir
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New Zealand Wine Navigator
New Zealand is an astonishing country. It’s raw and rugged, serene and beautiful. The winemakers have harnessed these natural surroundings and created some of the finest wines you’ve never heard of. New Zealand Wine Navigator brings a curated selection of premium labels to the United States for you to enjoy now or to cellar. Ostler is one of our favourites.
ABOUT OSTLER VINEYARDS
Ostler are pioneer producers of wines in New Zealand’s South Island’s Waitaki Valley, North Otago. A distinct and unique vineyard site – with underlying limestone and alluvial/greywacke bases – make the Waitaki an exciting new NZ wine region. From select and hand-tended vineyards, Ostler produces memorable Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and now Gewürztraminer.
Brothers-in-law Jeff Sinnott and Jim Jerram founded Ostler Wines to produce unique cool climate wines in the Waitaki Valley. It was back in 1998 when Jim (William Ostler’s great grandson) and Jeff (viticulturist and winemaker) went searching for a perfect spot to plant their vines. The two discovered a site Jeff believed had it all for growing premium cool climate wine grapes: a north-facing limestone-based slope on an escarpment, overlooking the braided Waitaki river. It reminded him of the famous slopes of Burgundy. The deal was made and the dotted line signed…
With over 20 years of experience, Jeff carries out his winemaking with as little intervention as possible, using traditional Burgundian and Alsatian techniques to produce Ostler’s flagship Caroline’s Pinot Noir and Audrey’s Pinot Gris.
Ostler wines are proudly distributed by New Zealand Wine Navigator, importer of hand picked, premium, family estate New Zealand wines. The Caroline’s Pinot Noir is our top pick in the NZ Wine Navigator Pinot Noir portfolio.