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"Hallmarks of a classic Otago Pinot" Cameron Douglas, MS

"Finely textured palate displaying juicy fruit flavours together with rounded mouthfeel" Wine Orbit

Perfect with roast chick, grilled salmon, duck, paté, honey roasted beetroot & caramelized brussel sprouts

Mystery Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 (01)

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Elsewhere $29.99 $26.08
6 Btls, $101.94 6 Btls, $88.64

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Mystery Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 (01)

Mystery Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 (01)

Member rating / 50+
Hallmarks of a classic Otago Pinot are on show with fruits scents of fresh raspberry and red cherry...
Elsewhere $29.99 $26.08
6 Btls, $101.94 6 Btls, $88.64


Awarded 90/100 Points

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, Apr 2021

Awarded 88/100 Points & 4 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Mar 2021


  • French oak
  • Red fruits & beetroot
  • Nutmeg
  • Delicate acidity

"Ripe, fleshy, fruity and varietal bouquet. Hallmarks of a classic Otago Pinot are on show with fruits scents of fresh raspberry and red cherry, a mild wild thyme savoury line and stony mineral core. Aromas follow through on the palate as flavours that mirror the nose with raspberry, and wild red cherry, a foundation of firm-ish chalky textured tannins, youthful acid line and a savoury mineral under-currant" Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, Apr 2021

"It's elegantly expressed on the nose showing spiced cherry, olive, game and toasted nut aromas, leading to a finely textured palate displaying juicy fruit flavours together with rounded mouthfeel, finishing smooth and attractively savoury" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Mar 2021

The resulting wine is sophisticated and soothing drink, very comfortable in its own skin. It possesses a bouquet of bright red fruits, not quite ripe plums, violets and potpourri. The palate is equally gentle in its approach. Raspberry and strawberry notes give way to some earthy beetroot and savoury influences. The tannin profile is velvety and is supported by a delicate acidity with hints of five spice and nutmeg.

The fruit for this wine was sourced in small parcels from a number of growers across a number Central Otago’s sub-regions. A mix of clones was used to further add complexity. These included Pinot Noir clones 777, 667, 10/5, Abel, 115, 114, 5, and 6.

The 2018/19 growing season was not without its challenges for Central Otago growers. Early season frosts were followed by a cool and wet November. The weather settled into a dry and warm summer before April arrived with more cool, wet weather and frosts. Despite the challenges at bookends of the season, the fruit was harvested ripe and clean in April.

The fruit for this wine was hand-picked and fermented predominately in open top fermenters. A small amount of whole bunch was used in some of the ferments to contribute florals and spice. Cap management was kept to a minimum in order to express the more ethereal nature of Pinot Noir. The individual components were matured in mostly older oak barrels. Once again so as not to overwhelm the delicate fruit expressions with gaudy new oak. The wine was left to evolve and mature for close to 18 months, before being blended, finished and bottled.

Food Pairing: Roast chicken, grilled or barbequed salmon. Of course, duck is always good with Pinot Noir. For the brave palates chicken liver paté or pork rillette. For the less carnivorous try honey roasted beetroot, caramelised Brussel sprouts, or mushroom risotto.


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Mike - 29/05/2022

This is a great Pinot noir our second order of this

Shane - 23/05/2022

This is not a Central Otago Pinot, and one wonders how they get away with calling it one. (The producer claims "honesty" as one its hallmarks.) However, this is hands down a Central Otago style pinot and rivals the best from the District without the premium price tag. Love it.

Nik - 13/04/2022

Perfect pinot and great value for money. Just ordered another doz for the cellar.

Karen - 30/03/2022

A wine worthy of it's $25 price tag. Even better at $17 Have paid a lot more for lesser quality Pinot Noir.

Jock - 14/03/2022

Excellent value.

Ross - 23/02/2022

Great value; have re-ordered.

John - 16/12/2021

Light but still Delicious

Grace - 12/12/2021

So yummy we bought nother 18 bottles. Perfect for Christmas.

Janette - 11/12/2021


Ross - 03/12/2021

Great wine value for money

Blar - 26/10/2021

Great drop. That’s my second order of this. Cheers

Hilary - 29/09/2021


robert - 13/09/2021

Excellent will buy again

Michael - 12/09/2021

Really good fast delivery great wine ??

Karen - 11/09/2021

A very good wine for the price

Charles - 11/09/2021

Very nice wine

Janine - 06/09/2021


kelly - 03/09/2021

Pleasant, easy drinking Pinot. Definitely value for money.

Vivianne - 23/05/2022

Enjoyed this wine. Not as bold as some Otago Pinots but subtle savory and fruit flavours abound.

Andrew - 01/04/2022

Excellent value, a very drinkable Pinot Noir.

Colin - 16/01/2022

A good Central Otago Pinot . Very easy to drink .

PAT - 27/12/2021

Lightish for a Central Otago pinot noir but nice and fruity. Very pleasant.

Michael - 20/11/2021

Enjoying this wine, good value and would buy again.

Valerie - 07/11/2021

Enjoyed .Ordered another box

Steve - 19/09/2021

Smooth and mellow

Roger - 18/09/2021

Excellent wine. Would buy again

Hilary - 18/09/2021

Pleasant ,and smooth on the palette

Alison - 18/09/2021

First time trying this wine and really enjoying it. I will definitely purchase this one again.

Margaret - 07/09/2021

Great bang for your buck. X

Cushla - 02/09/2021

A pleasant pinot, good value but in line with many of the ones from this area rather than a stand out.

Warwick - 30/04/2022

Not a bad little drop

IAN - 18/01/2022

Not sure yet - still to try. Very pleased with brand and year.

Shirley - 24/12/2021

Quite a nice drinkable Pinot, definitely worth trying.

Vicki - 29/09/2021


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