2019 Lake Hayes Pinot Noir Central Otago


Region: Central Otago, New Zealand

Viticulture: Conventional

Winemaker: Sam Davies

Winery Established Date: 1999

Hand-picked fruit was destemmed into fermenters before 3 days of cold soaking. The ferment took 7 days, with gentle plunging to balance the tannin extraction. The wine was pressed off the skins soon afterward in order to capture the bright fruit, before maturing in French oak barriques for 12-15 months. A juicy and bright style of Central Otago Pinot Noir. Definitive of the Pisa subregion with plush red fruit on the palate, followed by gentle, fine grained tannins.

 Sommeliers Recommendation:

Super easy drinking, fruit driven Pinot Noir from one of my favourite New Zealand Wine regions. Cherry, plum & raspberry aromas jump from the glass. Soft tannins from a slight kiss of oak is perfectly balanced against Pinot Noir’s reknown acidity. Great afternoon drop to finish off a Friday in the office.


On the 45th parallel, Central Otago is one of the world’s most southerly wine regions. Renowned for Pinot Noir, it’s also home to vineyards which produce vibrant and aromatic white wines. Lake Hayes’ winemakers work with growers from across the region, selecting fruit that represents the best of their varietal to create plush, red fruited Pinot Noirs, lush, fruity Pinot Gris and fresh, bright Sauvignon Blanc. Lake Hayes wines are young and lively, yet balanced and sophisticated. Delicious, early-drinking styles full of fresh, fruity appeal.

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