Awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details)
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Other awards and reviews
Platinum BEST IN SHOW, 97 points, Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018
Gold - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2019
Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition, Nov 2018
Silver - International Wine and Spirit Competition, UK, 2018
Silver - International Wine Challenge, London UK, 2019
5 Stars, Winestate’s May June 2019
5 Stars, 18.5-/20 - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Nov 2018
5 Stars, 95 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Nov 2018
4.5 Stars, 94 points - Bob Campbell MW, Aug 2018
4 Stars - Wine NZ Magazine March 2019
Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an expatriate Californian who has spent many years living on the South Island. He has gathered a small, dedicated team to produce his Wild Earth range in Central Otago. Established in 1998, Wild Earth Wines owns 35 hectares of vineyards in two of the region's finest locations - at the end of Felton Road overlooking the Kawarau River and in the North Lowburn district beneath the imposing Pisa Range.
The grapes for this single-vineyard wine come from the Terraces vineyard in Felton Road, Bannockburn which is planted with predominantly Dijon clones (777,115 ,114 and 667).
The grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness from early to mid-April. Six separate ferments went into the blend, which used on average 25% whole clusters with a total time on skins between three and four weeks to boost the tannic structure and aromatics of the wine. The wine was aged in fine-grained French oak: 22% in new oak, 40% one-year-old and 38% in 1-to-5-year-old barriques for approximately 11 months.
A bright garnet colour with aromas of sweet cherry, raspberry, cedar, wild thyme, and mushroom. Powerful yet elegant, this Pinot Noir has red and black berry, wild herb and distinctive earthy flavours complementing a richly textured palate. Silky and seamless with vibrant fruit, enticing layers, and a serious structure with so much finesse. Harmonious and rich, this Pinot Noir is drinking beautifully as a young wine and should continue to show its beauty for 10-12 years.