DUNBAR ESTATES Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

Shine Basin Vineyard has produced a stunning Pinot Noir with vibrant red hue and a smooth flavoursome mouthfeel capturing the beauty and the diversity of Central Otago. This pinnacle wine is a tribute to all those who have cared for the vines and managed the vineyard. They are the ‘Kaitiaki’ – the guardians of the land.

Harvest date: 15 March 2018
10 months in 28% new oak
Bottled: Jan 2019
Alcohol:  14.2%
Residual Sugar: <1 g/lt


The 2018 season started with an exceptionally warm spring, followed by record heat and sunshine hours. Our earliest harvest to date, rewarded with excellent ripeness and quality of fruit.

The grapes were picked at 24 Brix on 15 March 2018 in four different areas of the vineyard to add complexity. 100% destemmed, cold maceration for 5 days before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeast. Once dry, the wine was drained from the tank. Skins were pressed and combined with the freeway portion of wine.

The wine was aged for 10 months in 28% new oak before being racked, blended and bottled in January 2019.

Winemaker: Matt Connell.

New Zealand International Wine Show
2020 Silver Medal
New Zealand Wine Awards
2019 Silver Medal