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Domaine Thomson Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir 2014

Domaine Thomson Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir2014

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Why we love it: 

Mature Central Otago pinot noir

Drink with: 

Duck, terrine, parfait

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Tech

Country
Alcohol by Vol.
13.5%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
5-10 Years

Producer

Domaine Thomson

‘Domaine Thomson Wines’ are dedicated to growing and producing exceptional single vineyard Pinot Noir in Central Otago. They have 14 hectares of biodynamic vineyard on elevated, sloping terraces in Lowburn, known for their frost-resistant, warm microclimate and free-draining soils. ‘Domaine Thomson’ is a New Zealand-based winery with one vision, but split over two hemispheres with a sister vineyard on the other side of the world in Gevrey Chambertin, France.

Planted in 2000, the first release of the Pinot Noir was in 2003. The vineyard itself is a mixture of Davis and Dijon clones. The estate is owned by David Hall-Jones and his wife, PM, and they have a close-knit team with one common focus; that focus is creating outstanding Pinot Noir from the old and new wine world. They combine certain Old World Winemaking techniques but with the New World flair. 

‘Domaine Thomson’ named their Pinot Noir “The Explorer” as there is a very rich history to where the name comes from. The history of the name stems from David’s family; he is a descendant of John Turnbull Thomson, widely known as Mr Surveyor Thomson - an explorer who had humble beginnings in England in 1821 and spent most of his life surveying and mapping out Malaysia and Singapore. He made his way to New Zealand where upon having his “surveying” skills recognised, he became the country’s first Surveyor-General, in whose honour these wines are named. He was always known for his key sense of ‘exploration’.

To find out more about Domaine Thomson and their wines visit their website here.

Region

Central Otago

Found at the extreme limits of winemaking, Central Otago is found at 44° and 45° south and is home to some of the most southerly vineyards the world has to offer. Boasting breathtaking landscapes and an extreme climate, the local economy has garnered global recognition for its merino wool. However, over the previous decade, the majority of land has been shifted away from pasture, to being under vine. In 1996 Otago only had 11 vineyards, while today the region has a legion over 100 strong. The incredibly balanced styles of wine that flow from the region aren’t something to be missed, with Central Otago being the first in the world to challenge Burgundy’s production of Pinot Noir.

Central Otago’s four primary sub-regions are Wanaka, Gibbston, Bannockburn and Alexandra. While all are situated relatively close together and each has the same stony free-draining soil base, their full profiles vary immensely, but are glacially derived and have rich deposits of mica and schist making it ideal for the production of Pinot Noir, which just happens to be 80% of the production there. The excellent drainage helps retain mineral richness whilst temperatures can vary from 30degrees during ripening days to only 8degrees overnight, this swift shift allows the grape ripening process to stop more suddenly overnight, thus retaining all the wonderful natural acidity and fruit concentration this region can offer, to us this provides Central Otago with an intensely fruit-forward character no other region of New Zealand can replicate. Autumn frosts are a risk here too, so it’s just as well the growers down here have their wits about them…