Located in Bannockburn, Domain Road Vineyard is very much the new star of Central Otago, using traditional, low intervention winemaking to produce award-winning wines. Owners Graeme and Gillian Crosbie and their families have had a long association with the area. Graeme’s great grandfather built gold dredges up in the Nevis, while Gillian’s mother was a teacher at the local school for a short time. They have owned a house in Bannockburn for 25 years, and holidayed there for many years prior to that. Fascinated by the growth of vineyards and the wines they produced, the pair decided to try their hand at developing their own vineyard when an old apricot orchard in nearby Domain Road was for sale. In 2002, the land was purchased, cleared and planted with Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling grapes. The original 6.5 hectares of vines expanded in 2011 with the addition of another 1 hectare of land adjacent to Felton Road vineyard. This has been planted in Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes.
Aged in French oak barriques (27% new) for approximately 10 months with fining by egg whites. A vibrant purple hue, the bouquet offers fragrant aromas of red cherry, dark plum, blackberry, violets, leather and spice. The palate is rich and concentrated with dark red fruits and hints of tobacco and coffee. A complex, concentrated wine with ample velvety tannins, a lovely mineral acidity and a very long finish.
Lovely with a garlic and herb roasted pork tenderloin.