Ellero Pisa Terrace Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
The key vintage signature for our 2010 Pinot Noir is concentration. The tiny berries and small grape bunches translated into really intense floral,plum/cherry, spice and savory notes in our wine,along with an abundance of supple and firm tannins. The winemaker held the wine longer in barrel to develop and round these tannins, which balance the flavor concentration on the palate.
Wine Spectator - "Offers toast, smoke, sandalwood and mahogany aromatics up front, giving way to concentrated huckleberry and boysenberry flavors, with plenty of cedar, spice and cigar box overtones. Finishes with some tannic traction. Drink now through 2026"
Central Otago is a spectacular region, halfway between the Equator and the South Pole. Its rugged beauty, generous people and outstanding grape growing environment drew us to live here. This synergy and vitality inspire us to grow excellent wines.
We are artisan winegrowers dedicated to making honest wines that reflect the individuality of our vineyard sites. We produce Pinot Noir from our organically managed vineyard, Pisa Terrace, Gewürztraminer from a local vineyard with 20+ year old vines, and Riesling from the steepest slopes of our vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand.
Just as Ellero is a composite of our surnames, Manell and Montero, the wines we make are a fusion of our lifelong history in the wine business, our choices, our hands on approach and the commitment to our vineyard and winemaking. View all Ellero Wines
About Central Otago(oh-TAH-go)
The southernmost vineyards of the world lie here in Central Otago. Unlike most other New Zealand appellations, Central Otago is inland - nestled right in the middle of the southern island. Its lack of proximity to water creates weather more continental than maritime, leading to big temperature shifts – hot during the day, significantly cooler at night.
Notable FactsThe region's continental climate, paired with the variety of soils found in the area, make Central Otago perfect for growing the finicky Pinot Noir grape. Covering almost 80% of the area planted with vines, Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety, and the wine it creates from the region is receiving rave reviews for its balanced purity and intensity. Some Chardonnay is grown here, but Pinot is king.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.