Central Otago

Central Otago is a wine region located in the southern part of New Zealand's South Island, known for producing exceptional wines, particularly Pinot Noir. The region's unique climate and soil conditions provide ideal growing conditions for a variety of grape varieties, and it has gained a reputation as one of the world's top Pinot Noir producing regions.


One of the most famous vineyards in Central Otago is the Felton Road Winery, known for producing some of the region's finest Pinot Noir wines. The estate is also known for its Chardonnay and Riesling wines and is dedicated to organic and biodynamic farming practices.


Another well-known vineyard in Central Otago is the Gibbston Valley Winery, located in the heart of the region. The estate produces a range of high-quality wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, and is known for its focus on sustainable and organic winemaking practices.


The Mount Difficulty Winery is another famous vineyard in Central Otago, known for its range of award-winning Pinot Noir wines. The estate is dedicated to sustainable farming practices and is committed to producing wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region.


In addition to these famous vineyards, Central Otago is home to many other wineries that produce exceptional wines. The region is particularly known for its Pinot Noir wines, which are characterized by their elegance, complexity, and depth of flavour.



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Central Otago 2 - HK$3,135.00
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With an impeccable sense of balance, the Akitu A1 Pinot Noir 2013, produced by Akitu winery in the illustrious Central Otago region of New Zealand, manifests the exceptional terroir of its home ground. This vintage is derived from handpicked, hand sorted, and de-stemmed grapes, set apart by its compelling complexity and expressive dark fruit notes. The wine’s ageing in French oak barrels for 16 months only accentuates its wraparound texture, harmonising ever so elegantly with the layers of ripe red and black cherry, entwined with hushed whispers of lavender and earthy undertones.

Esteemed winegrower Andrew Donaldson's philosophy shines through - letting the vineyard express itself. Akitu A1 Pinot Noir 2013 brings to the fore the qualities of its specific clone mix and the unique sub-alpine climate it thrives in, culminating in a wine that's ethereal yet deeply rooted. Templating fine wine, it truly captures the essence and precision of world-class Pinot Noir.

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Central Otago 2 96 (IW) HK$3,460.00
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International Wine Challenge (96)

Delightful, harmonious, elegant Pinot with complex flavours of a savoury, dark fruit, leafy notes and hints of smoky oak. Delicious; still in its youth. Vibrant, youthful wine with all to play for.
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Central Otago 2 - HK$4,450.00
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The Akitu Pinot Noir Blanc 2020 is a creation of exceptional brilliance from the famed wine region of Central Otago, New Zealand. Showcasing an expressive blend of high-altitude harvested Pinot Noir, Akitu meticulously ferments it as a white wine. Crafted by winemaker PJ Charteris, the grapes are hand-picked ensuring only the finest are selected. Minimal intervention natural yeast fermentation imbues a subtle complexity, enhancing the character of its premium fruit expression.

Proudly hailing from Akitu's unique vineyard location, encircled by jagged mountain ranges, the mineral-rich soils and delicate microclimate contribute to its notable distinctiveness. Imparting a surprising depth for a white wine, this 'blanc de noir’ resonates with fresh red fruit nuances, gentle florals and a touch of spice. The Akitu Pinot Noir Blanc 2020 strikes a delightful balance, delicate and bold with a captivating, long, dry finish. A testament to Akitu's passion for transcending boundaries, it obtains global recognition for its innovative strain on classic vinification.

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Central Otago 1 97 (BC) HK$4,175.00
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Bob Campbell MW (97)

I never swallow samples during tasting but got pretty close with this wine. It’s just so damn delicious with layer upon layer of fruit and savoury characters that defy description. A tease of fruit sweetness is balanced by gentle tannins and subtle acidity that drive a very lengthy finish. A seriously good Pinot Noir.
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Central Otago 2 96 (TRR) HK$2,560.00
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The Real Review (96)

Intense, vibrant pinot noir showing real depth and complexity with nuanced floral, dark cherry and raspberry flavours together with thyme, anise, spice and a suggestion of white pepper. A backbone of fruity acidity reveals energy and helps to promote a lingering finish. A serious wine from one of Central Otago's top producers.
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Central Otago 1 97 (VN) HK$2,365.00
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Vinous (97)

The 2020 Pinot Noir Burn Cottage Vineyard is not a wine that I want to deconstruct into its components as it exemplifies balance, harmony and completeness, and I want to drink a lot of it. It is a wine that is the sum of its parts rather than its individual elements. It is young and can be approached now, but deserves bottle aging. It is full-bodied and suave but being from Central Otago - at the bottom of the earth next stop penguins - it has a sense of coolness and freshness, enlivening its entirety and retaining a sense of melodic direction among the mellow bass sections. There's a very small percentage of whole clusters (7%) that combine with the natural garrigue notes of Central Otago Pinot to provide herbal lift alongside pure cherry fruit and carefully judged oak.
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Central Otago 1 92 (VN) HK$4,500.00
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Vinous (92)

The 2020 Pinot Noir Bannockburn is welcoming as well as rich, savory and sinewy, delivering a plump cloud of both lifted and brooding fruit: a portion of whole-cluster fermentation has brought herbal and violet high notes alongside red and black cherry. There's excellent concentration despite this being the entry to the Felton Pinot range, and fine, lightly furry tannins on the medium-long finish. This could be approached now, but it’s better to wait a couple of years to let the components settle.
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Central Otago 2 - HK$2,605.00
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Central Otago 1 94 (WA) HK$8,340.00
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Wine Advocate (94)

This year, my favorite of the Felton Road releases is the 2018 Block 3 Pinot Noir, which balances the richness and power of the vintage with bright red-fruit flavors and ample complexity. It's medium to full-bodied, broad-shouldered and muscular without being inelegant, powering to a long, gently dusty finish tinged with cocoa and cola.
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Central Otago 1 97 (VN) HK$4,900.00
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Vinous (97)

The 2020 Pinot Noir Block 5 offers up a mouthful of gorgeous Pinot Noir that's perfectly ripe without being overripe, blossoming in the mouth but retaining focus and shape as if it is wearing a pair of control pants. It's a wine that’s at ease with itself, offering rich red berries, fruitcake, festive spices and a subtle floral lift. There are plentiful tannins – in the context of Pinot Noir – and they coat the mouth like melted chocolate, making you want to lick your lips long after drinking. Overall, a finely balanced wine that has captured power and seduction in the same package. Lengthy, brooding finish.
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Central Otago 8 - HK$4,000.00
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Central Otago 1 - HK$2,705.00
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Central Otago 1 - HK$4,760.00
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Central Otago 1 - HK$4,100.00
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Central Otago 2 - HK$4,450.00
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Central Otago 2 - HK$4,185.00
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Central Otago 3 - HK$2,605.00
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Central Otago 5 - HK$2,825.00
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Central Otago 8 - HK$2,825.00
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Central Otago 2 97 (WP) HK$3,240.00
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Wine Pilot (97)

Mid cherry red in colour it opens with beautifully seductive aromas. Powerful sweet dark cherry fruit with prominent young oak are lifted by savoury mushroom consommé, and truffle with a dusting of spice. It’s then dry, finely balanced and quite light weight for Otago thanks to that vineyard altitude, yet still carries a powerful core of fleshy, gamey fruits with bright acidity and mouthcoating tannins. The finish is long and strong, with a classic peacock’s tail gaining more floral and spicy complexity as it lingers till the very end. It’s seriously impressive and an outstanding first release. It might not be cheap, but it is worth every cent, and more.
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Central Otago 1 97 (JS) HK$1,895.00
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James Suckling (97)

This marries violets, blueberries and darker cherries in a very pure and composed style with gentle bracken and sappy allure. The palate has a succulent, juicy and very fresh feel with neatly carved, fine tannin that holds long, direct and deep. Such regal depth and savory tannin resolve. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
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Central Otago 1 - HK$3,015.00
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The Chardonnay cuvée was sourced from the small one hectare Chardonnay block on our Kopuwai Delta vineyard, located in the Pisa sub-region of Central Otago. This site has a mix of glacial and alluvial soil. Meticulous viticulture and the site’s low-elevation help to ensure full ripeness and concentration.
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Central Otago 1 96 (WO) HK$1,950.00
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Wine Orbit (96)

Gorgeously fruited and splendidly styled, showing sweet plum, thyme, roasted nut and warm mushroom aromas, the wine exhibits awesome concentration and richness, while remaining elegant and refined. Plush and persistent with fine grainy tannins, finishing superbly long and satisfying. Certified organic. At its best: now to 2032.
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Central Otago 1 95 (DC) HK$1,620.00
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Decanter (95)

Flinty reduction and gentle smoke appear briefly before that fulsome Central Otago fruit takes over: think ripe red cherry edged with hints of ivy. The palate has the same juiciness but also a crunchy, graceful but firm tannin structure along with shimmering nuances of white pepper spice. This is made to last the distance, so buy some, cellar it and wait two or three years.
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