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:
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.
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.