Tarras Vineyards

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A small premium producer of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc launched in 2003 and named after the small Central Otago town of Tarras. The winery is a collaboration between Kiwi Hayden Johnston and Americans Gary and Nancy Carlton. Two estate vineyards, The Steppes and The Canyon, are managed by viticulturist Chad Douglas and were established with the assistance of Robin Dicey from Mt. Difficulty. The winemaker is Carol Bunn who is also in charge of Vinpro Winery, the largest Pinot Noir facility in Central Otago. She spent time working at Dry River and Martinborough Vineyards with Nick Hoskins and Larry McKenna respectively. He later achievements at Akarua Winery earned her the title of "Queen of Pinot."

Reviewed Wines

2008 Tarras Vineyards Central Otago New Zealand Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $25, screw cap. Imported by USA Wine West, Sausalito, CA. An estate wine from The Steppes Vineyard. · Moderate ruby color in the glass. Deep aromas of dark berries, wine cellar and smoky oak. California in style, with copious dark berry and cherry flavor supported by moderately firm tannins, finishing with an undertone of oak on the fruit-driven finish. Displaying to much oak influence for me at this stage. Good. Reviewed November 29, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Tarras Vineyards Central Otago New Zealand Pinot Noir

14.5%, $30, screw cap. Imported by Saranty Imports, Harrison, NY. The winery is named after the Central Otago town of Tarras. From The Steppes Vineyard. · Moderate reddish-purple hue in the glass. Attractive aromas of ripe dark fruits. Tasty black cherry and dark red plum fruit with nicely proportioned tannins and acidity and some persistence on the pleasing finish. A nicely composed solid wine. Good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »