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. 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.


The Excelsior is a barrel selection from our entire Pinot Noir barrel collection, however each year the top barrels tend to derive from the corner of the vineyard next to the junction of the Bannockburn inlet and the Kawarau river. Here we have planted a select few clones, which are grown on their own roots. Grapes are hand-harvested and fermented using wild yeast, before being barrelled down for ageing in our cellar.

Seven barrels are selected, after spending 10 months in oak. A further 8 months of ageing passes, before the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered in its entirety.

We feel incredibly honoured to work with renowned Central Otago artist Grahame Sydney, The 2016 Excelsior features his painting “Night approaches, Beattie Road” 2017 watercolour and gouache –

Origin: Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago
Hand-picked in: March 2016
Bottled: Oct 2017
Cases: 300 x 6 bottle cases

Organically certified since 2008, by Biogro to EU equivalence.

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