The Carrick Wines

We are a small winery with a focus on Organic farming and Pinot Noir. We grow everything we make and make all of our wines on site. Our oldest vines on our property are now 25 years old and many are planted on their own roots. Our aim is to make wines which are expressive of our place and the season. We therefore carefully select each bunch that comes into the winery and only use native vineyard yeasts to ferment our wines. Barrel ageing is also a key component in many of our wines and provides further layers and complexity. 

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Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago

Beautifully balanced, with earthy tones, complementing bright cherry notes. The Bannockburn Pinot Noir goes deliciously well with roast chicken, pork and duck. Or for a meat-free option - vegetarian lasagne with goats cheese and lentils.



2018
Vintage

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Carrick Excelsior Pinot Noir

Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago

Carrick Excelsior - named for the coal seam which was mined during the goldrush and lies beneath the Carrick Vineyards - is our finest expression of Pinot Noir. It is derived from a particular parcel of older vines on our Cairnmuir Vineyard, now 25 years old, which are grown on their own roots, without rootstock. Which we believe gives the vines are greater connection to the soil they are grown in. Only made in great years, and one of only two wines we make which stays in barrel over harvest for a total of 18 months.

It is complex, intense, layered and persistent.

2016
Vintage

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Carrick The Magnetic Pinot Noir

Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago

Named after a Kawarau River gold dredge, the Carrick Magnetic Pinot Noir is a single block, single variety and single clone wine. Unique and interesting, it is only sold direct to customers through our cellar door and wine club. The clone is Abel, said to be a cutting smuggled into the country from a famed Burgundian estate and subsequently confiscated by one Malcolm Abel. Moonlighting as a winemaker in his spare time, Abel a customs officer saw the potential in the cutting and decided to propagate the clone. It is this unique chain of events which then ultimately lead us to plant the Abel clone on a small 0.34ha plot in 2008.

2018
Vintage

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Billet-Doux Pinot Noir

Bannockburn

The Billet-Doux is a Pinot Noir, made similarly to our other Pinots, but without any addition of Sulphur at arrival into the winery, or any part of the process, including bottling.  

"Fascinating nose, humus, a wild and feral quality; delicious purity of fruit. Silky and textural entry with a little prickle on the tongue, showcasing loganberry, plum and wood smoke with nice chewiness from the tannins. Time adds dark chocolate and charcuterie to the brightness and vivacity, while the tannins are very fine. Rather delicious. No sulphur added."

Review from Mark Henderson of the Otago Daily Times - www.odt.co.nz

 

2018
Vintage

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Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir

Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago

Carrick Unravelled is our early drinking offering for Pinot Noir lovers. The name references the Carrick Bend our symbol of the people and land, here it is a metaphor for the more relaxed style of this wine. It's essentially a declassification of wine from the Carrick vineyards, so has all the care and attention of the other Pinots, but bottled earlier with less new oak.

The vineyard is tended by hand, allowing for careful management of individual vines, throughout the season. Each parcel is hand-harvested and undergoes a wild fermentation, in tank, before being pressed and barreled down. Care is taken to monitor and adjust cap management to the unique conditions of each ferment. Made from predominantly Dijon clones on various rootstocks, from vines planted in 1996.

2019
Vintage

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Magnum - Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir

Bannockburn, Central Otago

Need something a little special to celebrate with? The Unravelled Pinot Noir is our easy drinking Pinot Noir, made with the same care and attention as our Bannockburn Pinot Noir, but bottled earlier with less new oak. 

The magnum is bottled under cork, by hand, with a wax seal. 

2018
Vintage

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Carrick Bannockburn Chardonnay

Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago

This is classic Chardonnay, inviting and unctuous. It is barrel fermented, and aged in oak for around 10 months, which gives the wine time to develop the delicious nutty and biscuity characters. Perfect for enjoying slightly chilled with cheese, a creamy pasta or just by itself after a long day.

Barrel-fermented chardonnay using indigenous yeasts. An intriguing wine with white peach, grapefruit, ginger and a suggestion of mandarin blossom. Smooth-textured wine. Fruity acidity gives the wine energy and a lingering finish. Bob Campbell, © The Real Review 

2017
Vintage

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Carrick Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Chardonnay

Cairnmuir Vineyard, Bannockburn, Central Otago

The Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Chardonnay is our top Chardonnay and the name refers to the extended time it spends in barrel before bottling - Extended Barrel Maturation. Hand-picked from fruit grown on the top and lower terraces of our Cairnmuir road vineyard. It is a textural wine with a lovely citrus line and unctuous peach toast notes. Think large glass in front of the fire type of wine. Or a wine to impress at a dinner party. We think it tastes great with roast chicken and mushroom risotto. 

2018
Vintage

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Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Gris

Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago

Our Pinot Gris has a textural element on the palate that is reflective of an Alsatian style whilst retaining a clean acidity that is the hallmark of our windblown glacial soils on the Cairnmuir terraces in Bannockburn. Notes of pear and fresh Braeburn apples are present, balanced by a hint of clove spice.

Delicious with a pear and walnut salad.

The wine is subtle and poised on the nose showing fresh pear, apple and lime peel characters with a lovely savoury nuance. It’s focused and elegantly weighted on the palate with textural mouthfeel and crisp acidity, finishing lingering and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2023. - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2018
Vintage

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Carrick Sauvignon Blanc

Bannockburn

Although Sauvignon Blanc is not automatically associated with Central Otago, we have been producing this wine from our Bannockburn vineyards since 2000. We find that the naturally low yields provide us with clean, ripe fruit ideal for making a food friendly style.

2018
Vintage

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Carrick Dry Riesling

Arthur's Vineyard, Bannockburn, Central Otago

We make a total of four different Rieslings at Carrick. We find that it is an incredibly versatile grape variety that excels at different levels of sweetness and is particularly interesting when left on its skins for several months.. Riesling does particularly well in Central Otago and the dry version we make at Carrick is perhaps the most transparent of the site on which we grow this grape. It is also the most refreshing and food friendly.

A palate cleansing wine that screams out for oysters or diamond clams.

2019
Vintage

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Carrick Bannockburn Riesling

Bannockburn

We make a total of four different Rieslings at Carrick. The Bannockburn Riesling is our most “classic” in style, sitting somewhere in the middle of Josephine’s pristine fruit aromatics and lush mouthfeel, and the Dry’s lean acidity. Our Riesling parcel is planted entirely on its own roots and benefits from this direct connection with the earth. Each vine is carefully tended by hand during the season, then hand-picked to drop any fruit that is not up to par. Once at the winery the fruit is whole-bunch pressed to retain the clarity of fruit aromas. Made entirely in tank, using wild yeast, the ferment is halted when the right balance of sugar to acid is found.

Medium-dry riesling with lime, apricot, white flowers and subtle mandarin flavours. A hint of sweetness is nicely balanced by fruity acidity to give an appealing tension. Very approachable but no rush. 30 JUN 2020 Drink - 2020–2027

Bob Campbell, © The Real Review 

2019
Vintage

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Carrick Josephine Riesling

Bannockburn

The Josephine Riesling had its origins in our private (pirate) bottlings of 2004 and 2005 where we found that an early bottling of Riesling with higher residual sugar was both balanced and delicious. It's now very much part of our established range.

2018
Vintage

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Billet-Doux

Bannockburn

The Billet-Doux is a Pinot Noir, made similarly to our other Pinots, but without any addition of Sulphur at arrival into the winery, or any part of the process, including bottling.  

"Fascinating nose, humus, a wild and feral quality; delicious purity of fruit. Silky and textural entry with a little prickle on the tongue, showcasing loganberry, plum and wood smoke with nice chewiness from the tannins. Time adds dark chocolate and charcuterie to the brightness and vivacity, while the tannins are very fine. Rather delicious. No sulphur added."

Review from Mark Henderson of the Otago Daily Times - www.odt.co.nz

2018
Vintage

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Pas de Souci

A blend of white and red grapes Pas de Socui is a dark rosé with spice and bitter grapefruit notes. Made from Organic certified fruit, hand-picked, then fermented and made without any sulphites. Bottled without fining or filtration, so expect a little sediment in the bottle.

Not for sale, please contact us for more information.

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Electric No. 1

Bannockburn

Electric No 1 is a field blend incorporating all white varieties grown at Carrick, including the odd rogue vine that has appeared courtesy of our nurserymen. Field blends are common in Portugal where vineyards rather than being planted uniformly by variety, are planted with different varieties side by side. There are over 250 indigenous varieties in Portugal, so you can imagine the combinations could be endless. Here it’s not strictly true that the vines are planted next to one another, but rather that we harvested Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay on the same day, pressed them together and fermented them as one in old oak barrels.

Being a blend there is no outstanding varietal character and the textural qualities dominate this wine. It’s dry, complex and intriguing. Named after a gold dredge which once worked the Kawarau River, not too far from where vines are now planted. Enjoy with pasta, fish, hard cheeses or just by itself as an evening refresher.

 

2017
Vintage

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Pinot Blanc

Derived from a small 0.4ha plot on Carrick’s lower Cairnmuir terrace in Bannockburn, the 2018 Pinot Blanc is the inaugural release of this wine. Predominantly from Germany and France, Pinot Blanc is the cousin of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and is an exciting new addition to the Carrick range.

2018
Vintage

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The Death of Von Tempsky

Carinmuir Vineyard, Bannockburn, Central Otago

The Death of Von Tempsky was a wine born of the label, an artwork that the original owner of Carrick, Steve Green, admired. It speaks of a contrast between ancient themes in a modern setting. From which the lines of this wine were formed. An ancient concept of fermenting grapes whole and allowing time for the wine to develop on it’s own, in a modern winery.

The Von Tempsky, is a natural wine made from Riesling bunches, left un-pressed for 170 days on skins in this case. It’s a skinsy, phenolic white wine, with plenty of sediment. Bottled by hand at the winery under natural cork, and with a beeswax seal. Unfined, unfiltered, no additions, just grapes fermented to wine.

2020
Vintage

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