The story of the McGeorge brothers and their Kawarau river gold dredging exploits is one of enterprise, grit and a dash of good fortune. Overcoming a harsh climate and tracherous waters, in July 1902 the Lady Ranfurly dredge extracted 1,324 ozs. of gold in a week; a world record that still stands. Now, over a century later, a new generation of McGeorge brothers are proud to release Lady Ranfurly Central Otago Pinot Noir; a wine that reflects the dogged attitude of our forefathers and the environment that forever changed their lives.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews | 18+/20 = 4 stars
Even, dark ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple tints. The nose is elegantly proportioned with a deep and well-concentrated heart of ripe dark-red berry fruit with plum notes, harmoniously melded with nuances of herbs, earth and nutty, smoky oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich and mouth filling flavours of ripe, dark-red berry and plum fruit along with spices, herbs, and smoky, nutty oak. The fruit has good weight and presence on the palate, unfolding richness and sweetness, and is underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The rich fruit and oak flavours carry with good drive to a softly full, sustained finish. This is a rich, sweet and mouth filling Pinot Noir with dark-red berry and plum flavours enhanced by nutty, toasty oak on a fine-structured palate. Serve with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6 years. Equal parts of clones 5, 6 and 667 from the ‘Wooing Tree’ vineyard, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $39.00