Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
Wild Earth founder Quintin Quider is an expatriate Californian who has spent many years living on New Zealand’s South Island. Established in 1998, Wild Earth owns vineyards in one of Central Otago's finest locations - at the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn, overlooking the Kawarau River.
A small but dedicated team, including winemaker Jen Parr and viticulturist Gary Crabbe, their sole aim is to create the finest Pinot Noir and Riesling their vineyard sites can produce. Pinot Noir is Wild Earth's speciality and their passion for the variety was recognised in impressive style in 2008 when they scooped five trophies at the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards.
Their Riesling is sourced from a block of a little less than two hectares situated on a broad terrace close to the Kawarau River, with full exposure to the northern sun. The fermentation was stopped by chilling to produce a specific style of Riesling, where the refreshing acidity and fruit intensity are balanced by a touch of natural sweetness from the residual sugar.
The single vineyard Pinot Noir is a blend of ferments using a percentage of whole-cluster fruit. Aged in a mix of new and used French oak barriques for 11 to 12 months, this is a vibrant wine that combines cherry and red berry fruit, wild herbs and earthy notes on a richly textured palate.
The 'Special Edition' Pinot Noir is made from selected clones of Pinot Noir. The wine was aged in 25% new French oak barriques for seven months before bottling. It offers delicate perfumes of red and black cherry fruit, violets, spice and dried herbs. On the palate it is lush and supple, well-structured with silky and fine-grained tannins, and balanced with fresh and vibrant acidity.