Carrick Excelsior Pinot Noir

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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. The wine is aged in barrel for 18 months, then bottled without fining. It is contemplative, earthy, and powerful.


A blend of 16 barrels, from 4 different parcels, each selected based on their own merit and the structure of the final blend. The barrels came from 4 different parcels (CV10/5, CV Clone 13, CV Clone 5 and Arthur’s 10/5). All grown on their own roots and the oldest vines of the property at 25 years. After 10 months ageing in barrels (31% new) the wines were blended and returned to barrel for a further 8 months in barrel. This is a barrel selection of our best Pinot Noir, aged in the cellar for 18 months, with at least 1 year of bottle age before release.

Origin: Cairnmuir Vineyard, Carrick, Bannockburn, Central Otago
Hand-picked in: April 2017
Additions: Sulphur Dioxide (PMS), Yeast Hulls
Filtration and/or Fining: Coarse filtration, no fining.
Alcohol: 13.5% abv
Bottled: November 2018
Cases: 300 x 6 bottle cases

Each vintage of Excelsior we are extremely privileged to work with renowned Central Otago artist Grahame Sydney for the label. The 2016 Excelsior features his painting “Last Light, Hawkduns” 2017 Oil on linen –

Organically certified since 2008, by Biogro to EU equivalence.

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