Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2007

Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand

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Item No. 100374
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • WS88
Style: Light & Fruity

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2006
  • W&S93

Winemaker's Notes

Medium depth cherry red with a crimson-purple glow. Savory smelling with the sweetness of oak and cherry fruit pushing through. There's a feral complexity to the flavor with that typical Central Otago herbaceousness. Smooth and velvety, almost creamy, with a nice bite to the finish and a sweet fruited smoky aftertaste.

Pinot Noir is well-suited to pair with poultry, beef, fish, ham, lamb and pork. It will play well with creamy sauces, spicy seasonings and may just be one of the world's most versatile food wines.

Rabbit Ranch is a collaborative venture, formed by a group of vineyards that were all individually once part of a Central Otago sheep station. Banding together to form Rabbit Ranch, they have enlisted the help of Chard Farm as a production partner, and secured the services of John Wallace, Chard Farm's Winemaker, and Pinot Noir producer of many years. The Vineyards of Rabbit Ranch are located in the Cromwell Basin, predominately in the Lowburn area. They are all on light, stony soils, on areas that were once part of the glacial riverbed that flowed through the Cromwell area.

Critical Acclaim

"Juicy and fragrant, with impressive depth to wild berry, pomegranate and spice flavors wrapped around a solid core of gravel and sea salt. Cedar and sandalwood linger with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2011"
88 Points

Learn About Rabbit Ranch

Land that was once a High Country sheep station is now a flourishing vineyard. Sheep and rabbits coexisted on the land for some time but the sheep couldn"t keep up with the nocturnal activity of the rabbits and were hopelessly outnumbered. They were driven off the land and were last seen heading north. The owner of the Rabbit Ranch, Mr. McGregor tried a number of measures to rid...

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Learn 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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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