Waitiri Creek Winery and Restaurant

Waitiri Creek Winery and Restaurant sits amongst rows of wine grapes nestled in the Central Otago wine region in southern New Zealand.  The cellar door/tasting room is actually housed in an old church which was relocated to the property.  It also houses a tiny restaurant, with additional seating outdoors.  There are sprawling green lawns with toys to keep the kids happy while the adults sample some of the region’s bounty.

We tasted the:

Central Otago's Waitiri Creek Winery and Restaurant's Cellar Door/Tasting Room is housed in an old church.
Central Otago's Waitiri Creek Winery and Restaurant's Cellar Door/Tasting Room is housed in an old church.

2008 Riesling – Unspectacular.

2008 Pinot Gris – Very nice!  Would make a lovely summer wine.

2008 Chardonnay – Didn’t finish cleanly, not fruity enough for our taste.

Pinot Noir Rose – Again, this wasn’t fruity enough for our taste.  Just there.  Nothing special.

Inside the charming cellar door/tasting room at Waitiri Creek Winery and Restaurant, Central Otago, New Zealand
Inside the charming cellar door/tasting room at Waitiri Creek Winery and Restaurant, Central Otago, New Zealand

2006 Pinot Noir – 10 months in the barrel didn’t help this wine develop the complexity we’d like to see.  It also wasn’t fruity enough for us.

2007 Pinot Noir – Actually had more complexity than the 2006 Pinot.  Unfortunately the finish hadn’t mellowed out enough for us.

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