Mission Estate Central Otago Reserve Pinot Noir, 2014
Mission Estate Winery
The story begins with a group of French Missionaries who sailed to New Zealand in 1838 with little more than their faith and a few vines. Mission Estate was established by these Missionaries in Hawke's Bay in 1851, where vines were planted to produce both sacramental and table wine, and New Zealand's first winery was born. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds was sold.
Mission has never lost sight of its French heritage, as over the years Brothers of the Order have travelled to France to study and learn viticulture and winemaking skills. Our current winemaker Paul Mooney has been at Mission for over 30 years, and was originally trained by the Fathers.
At 'La Grande Maison' of Mission Estate there is still one row of Muscat grapes that have been grafted over the years from the very original stock bought to Hawke's Bay by the Marist Fathers.
To experience what 160 years of winemaking tastes like, view and purchase from our extensive range of Mission Estate wines.
|Alcohol % by Vol.||13.5%|
|Style||Red - Full & round|
|Grape Type(s)||Pinot Noir|
The wine region of Central Otago on the New Zealand’s South Island is the most southerly wine region in the world. Based in and around the stunning mountains and lakes surrounding Queenstown, you could be forgiven for thinking that vines could never be successful here. However the climate of Central Otago is ripe for cultivating grapes with hot spots on the shores of lakes and beneath sheer rock faces, long hot summer days followed by cool crisp nights. The result is memorable – ripe fruit flavours finely balanced by high acid. Pinot Noir is the star here, and is by far the most grown grape in Central Otago.