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  • One of New Zealand’s leading orange wines
  • Fruit sourced from 35+ year old vines
  • Intensely aromatic, deep cloudy orange with incredible texture

Tasting Notes

Colour Pinkish-Orange
Nose Intensely aromatic. Aromas of tangerine oils, dried ginger and nuts.
Palate Incredible texture. The aromas are pulled together by a fine and crunchy textured palate.
Food Pairing Pork, Salmon, Tuna.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes Muller Thurgau is the forgotten grape of the New Zealand vineyard. The fruit for this wine comes from one of the oldest vineyards in Canterbury.
Variety Muller Thurgau
Body Light - Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Central Otago
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 12.8%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
The Hermit Ram
The Hermit Ram is what happens when Gareth Renowden, the owner of the Limestone Hills vineyard in the Waipara Gorge, hands over his Pinot Noir vines to winemaker Theo Coles.

From Theo initially conceding that this particular side-project would at least lead to having plenty of Pinot to drink, The Hermit Ram has gone on the become one of New Zealand’s most exciting small batch producers.

Theo says it all begins in the vineyard and Gareth's has exactly whay he was looking for. "Gareth’s vineyard ticks all the boxes: it is close planted, naturally farmed, and small. I made the first vintage of Pinot Noir in 2012, all naturally, no additions and matured in neutral oak hogsheads. As the wine progressed through maturation it got better and better, and revealed its true vineyard character to me. It had an exciting mix of savoury fruit aromatics and salivating salty acidity... I had to bottle it."

From that first vintage of Pinot Noir in 2012, Hermit Ram has expanded its range, but its vineyards remain tiny and the intervention minimal. “Every wine has its own story to tell. The vines are naturally farmed and the wines made with the minimal amount of additions," says Theo. "Old techniques are employed. They are wines of depth, complexity, individuality and most importantly, drinkability."
Central Otago
Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world, located at a latitude of 45 degrees south, on New Zealand’s south island. A spectacular landscape makes the region one of the most scenic wine regions if not in the world then certainly in New Zealand. Central to the region is the tourist destination of Queenstown, which is a great base to make wine trips from.

Heavy mineral deposits in silt loams are typical for the soils in Central Otago, but is unlike any other region in New Zealand. The Otago region is the countries only ‘continental ’ wine growing region.

Pinot Noir is the flagship red varietal, which is very well suited to the regions large diurnal shifts (a large diurnal shift means a big difference between low and high temperatures) and also the regions long, cool and dry autumn. The Pinot Noirs coming out of the Otago region are most often fragrant, lush Pinot Noirs with silky textures and true fruit intensity.

Aromatic whites also thrive, in particular Riesling where anything from bone-dry to very sweet can be made. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and lesser amounts of Chardonnay is also made to a very high quality. Central Otago is in Jancis Robinson’s top five New World wine producing regions.


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