Deep in colour with an aroma of intense ripe berries and fragrant florals. Exceptional depth and complexity with ripe cherry, plum and spice on the palate. Full-bodied with a finely textured finish.
Every year our Pinot Noir grapes are hand harvested in small parcels from within our Bendigo Estate Vineyard and vinified as single ferments. Selected from the most eastern block of the vineyard, the first block to see the sun. Uniquely close planted at 8,000 vines per hectare and affectionately known as the ‘royal block’ by our team. “Otto” is the second ferment to be released from block 12. Another very special release by Rudi Bauer.
95 points by Cameron Douglas MS (Jun 2021) 93 points by Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (Oct 2020) 93 points by by Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Feb 2020) 5 Stars by Michael Cooper MW (Dec 19) 95 points by Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com (Oct 2019) 95 points and 5 Stars by Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (Mar 19) 95 points by Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com (Feb 2019)
Although our Central Otago summer was cooler and windier than usual the fruit proudly ripened as normal. The season produced smaller bunches and lower berry weight which resulted in the grapes being concentrated with pleasing structure and weight.
Hand-picked on the 31st March. Cold soaked for 4 days before indigenous yeast fermentation kicked in with 13% whole bunch. Gentle hand plunging throughout ferment, followed by post-fermentation maceration of 9 days to ensure optimum fruit and tannin balance. Total time on skin; 23 days. Drained directly into selected French oak barriques (100% one year old) where the wine aged for 15 months during which wild malolactic fermentation occurs. Bottled 24th August 2018, without fining and filtration. The winemaking was very much in keeping with the traditional practices of the Old World. Winemaker, Rudi Bauer, has combined these techniques, and his own personal understanding, to create this wine.
pH: 3.69, TA: 5.1g/l, Alc: 14.0%, Clone: 115 Ageing Potential: 7 – 10 years Limited Release: Only 780 bottles produced