Chard Farm Masons Vineyard Parkburn Pinot Noir 2021


Always fascinating to see the Chard Farm Pinots, all Central Otago, all the same vintage and with similar winemaking methods but from four different vineyards across the sub-region. If you doubt terroir and its impact, this is your opportunity to see it in all its glory. The Masons is from the Parkburn Valley sub-region, usually frost-free with north-facing slopes. The grapes are largely the famous Abel clone with a few others for extra complexity. The colour here is an attractive crimson with an alluring nose of red fruits, spices, dry herbs, raspberries, animal skins and a hint of aniseed. There is balance here, with a silkily-textured palate, very good length and satiny tannins. Fine acidity in a well-balanced Pinot from go to woe. Five to six years.