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Loving the lunches at #CarrickWines on our Boutique #Winetour in #Centralotago , add Central Otago to your must visit #wine #destinations time you #travel to #NewZealand  
Not to be missed, 4 days of Jazz in on of New Zealand's most iconic cities #Queenstown  
Calling all Jazz fans! Coming soon - Queenstown JazzFest 2015 from 23rd - 26th October. Four days of fantastic music with over 50 events & 80 performers. The headline acts features renowned New York bassist David Friesen, Kiwi favourite Hollie Smith and a special big band concert with celebrated Melbourne vocalist Hetty Kate. For more information visit ‪#‎queenstownlive
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Central Otago gaining popularity. Great work #Akarua!
Our Akarua RUA Pinot Rosé 2015 has been highly recommended by New Zealand Woman's Weekly, June 2015 #NewZealandWomansWeekly   #Akarua   #NZCelebrity   #RUA #RUAPinotRose  
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Nice work, another great #PinotNoir from Akarua!
We are delighted to announce that Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 was awarded GOLD at this year’s Global Pinot Noir Masters in the UK. 
The UK competition has a reputation for being the toughest in the business, with many wines failing to reach the medals at all. Akarua Pinot Noir 2011 was one of the highest scores in the whole competition (90 Points)

The Gold and Silver Medals in particular were extremely hard won, as the judges awarded very few high scores, and no Sparkling Wines including some Champagnes, reached a higher medal than Silver. Akarua Brut NV, Akarua Rose Brut NV and Akarua Vintage Brut 2010 were all awarded silver (85 points/100). #GlobalPinotNoirMasters   #Akarua   #AkaruaPinotNoir   #GOLD   #NZWine   #Central   #Otago   #Bannockburn   #Feltonroad   #Lowburn  
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In the last week we tasted three of the 'Best of the Best' Pinot Noirs from Central Otago on our Wine Tours. These are wines not to miss out on if you don't mind spending a bit more and looking for that special wine or Xmas present ...

Amisfield RKV 2012 ($120) - Wow, this is a blockbuster, not a term I normally use with Pinot Noirs but this is impressive stuff, and will go the distance for those who like to cellar there wines.

Mt Difficulty Single Vineyard Long Gully 2013 ($95) - One of several of the single vineyards Pinot Noir's from Mt Difficulty, it has an intense nose of Xmas Cake and Licorice with a rich voluptuous palate. With great tannin structure this is another keeper.

Carrick Excelsior 2013 ($95) - The best yet in my opinion from the limited release Excelsior series, mouth-wateringly rich with dark plum, cherry flavours, aniseed and licorice flavours, rich and complex. Drinking well now but a lifetime ahead.


‪#‎Carrick‬ ‪#‎Amisfield‬ ‪#‎MtDifficulty‬ ‪#‎PinotNoir‬
Looks like a fabulous night at Eichardts Private Hotel, #Queenstown
Another month and another fabulous Winemaker Dinner at Eichardt's. This month we can enjoy a fantastic selection of wines from Terra Sancta Wines who will be hosting our Winemaker Dinner on Friday 23rd October. Click the link for all the details and to reserve your seats!
We are now taking bookings for our October Winemaker Dinner, which will be hosted by Jody Pagey, winemaker at Terra Sancta Wines. This very special evening,
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Interested in why different people have the ability to smell different things? And you live in Queenstown? Then look out for free talk coming up on 14th October - Genes and Roses.
Professor Richard Newcomb, Chief Scientist, Plant & Food Research and Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, University of Auckland. Wednesday, October 14, 5:30 to 7 p.m., The Rees Hotel Queenstown conference room. Entry is free but please register at ...
Central Otago wine region panoramas in Winter 2015 by Appellation Central Wine Tours
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For 5 years now we have received Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence - however this year the award came with a surprise as we were inducted into Tripadvisor's Hall of Fame for 2015.

Worth sharing a glass of fine Pinot with our great team!
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Congratulations! Enjoy the well earned Pinot : ) 
Just tried two different vintages of Valli's Waitaki Pinot Noir from Grant Taylor. If you haven't been there yet find a bottle or two as there is something special happening down that neck of the Pinot Noir woods...  Sublime and ethereal Pinots.

#waitaki #valli  
Central Otago - 2013 Vintage. We thought 2012 was magnificent, now 2013 wines are coming out in the cellar doors and they are proving exceptional.
The comparison of the last five vintages really demonstrates how consistently Central Otago delivers great wines.
2009 - A cooler year with tight, concentrated tannins, less fruit more spice. Drinking beautifully now but should be quite long lived.
2010 - One out of the bag for those who like rich, earthy wines. Quite brooding in style with dark fruits. Again drinking well, am picking they will be even better in 2-3 years.
2011 - A light year for sure but not without it's charm. Not one for the cellar but they are delightful and still see them getting better for the next few years. A ballerina vintage!
2012 - Structure and balance with good fruit, fine grained tannins. They are still surprisingly tight and I look forward to seeing how they start to open up over next 12-18 months. Will be great wines that are long lived.
2013 - Less obvious tannins than the 2012 and a more fruit forward wine. The wines are surprisingly lively and open but the underlying acidity and firm tannins mark this as a classic vintage to cellar.
PS: Anyone chancing on a bottle of 2008 Central Otago Pinot Noir they have hit their straps and drinking superbly. Get them out of the cellar and enjoy now.

#CentralOtago #Vintages #PinotNoir #Queenstown
Lush dry Riesling! Seems a contradiction but the 2012 #PegasusBay Riesling seems to have struck this sublime balance with a touch of lushness, brilliantly clean and dry and lovely dried stone fruit characters.

If you have never tried Pegasus Bay Wines from #Waipara New Zealand then hunt some out because they are very good!!

#Riesling #newzealand  
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Rahul Ajmera
9 months ago
We came here for our first ever Wine Tasting Experience and it was a delight. Our guide Martin was very helpful and knowledgeable about the regional wines and local history. We visited 3 wineries for tasting and had good Antipasti lunch at Carrick's Bannockburn. I preferred the Amisfield Winery where the owner gave us a tasting in their cellar and explained in detail about what differentiates their wine. I enjoyed their Sauvignon blanc more than the others that we tasted elsewhere. The tour was a bit overpriced for what was on offer. Overall, a good tour to experience when in Queenstown. Takes about 5 hours in total and could leave you inebriated if you are bold enough to try out all the wine samples.
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Peter Giordano
2 years ago
I live 30 mins from Napa Valley, CA, so I've been on my share of Wine Tours. Phillip's tour last week was one of the best I've ever been on. Phillip is knowledgeable, personable, and is relentless about making sure you have the absolute best experience - this tour was second to none!
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Lauren Moss
6 months ago
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Jared Blasdell
9 months ago
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Curtis Simmons
2 years ago
*Wine Tour Perfection!* This was our first wine tour in New Zealand and it was perfection. Philip was a wonderful host, full of local knowledge about the area, the history and the wines. He took us to four different wineries, a cave tour, a walk through the vineyards and an amazing outdoor lunch. I HIGHLY recommend this tour. It's a "must do" for any visit to the south island.
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Karyn Pete Hitchman
3 years ago
If you're looking to do a wine tour these guys are the best
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Will Kelly
2 years ago
A delightful small vineyard set in the back roads of Central Otago. Domain Road have proved themselves as a producer of outstanding Pinot Noir as well as some very smart white varieties - Riesling, Pinot Gris and Rose. The setting is totally tranquil in their small garden and the hosts are friendly and knowledgeable.
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