Burn Cottage and Charteris dinner

Hughenden hotel

Tasted May 24, 2016 by chatters with 153 views

Introduction

supper with Charteris and Burn Cottage and the Hughenden. A sit down meal with a couple of Pinot's that, in the past, haven't impressed me that much despite other friends singing their praises highly. Still, it was a freebie and the boys from Wine Ark were there so off I toddled

Flight 1 - On arrival (1 note)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Stefano Lubiana Réserve Brut Australia, Tasmania, Southern Tasmania
biscuit, citrus, I'm not a fizz person and this isn't going to convert me.

Flight 2 - house made pork rillettes, piccalilli & grilled Brickfields sourdough (3 notes)

with the rillettes by themselves the Burn Cottage was the best match but when the piccalilli waded in only the Chardonnay could stand up to it…

White
2014 Charteris Riesling The Hunt Vineyard New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
Slight gun smoke, struck flint, muted citrus, slightly reductive…in the mouth an initial citric tang with lime notes, it's bone dry and a little sharp. Meh.
White
2014 Burn Cottage Riesling/Gruner Veltliner New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
Peach, lime, floral top notes, also medicinal herbs…in the mouth apple and peach fruit, apple skin bitterness, mid-palate burr. Pleasant enough in a fruit driven way but in no way justifies the price tag of $94 AUD.
White
2013 Charteris Chardonnay Astral New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
Hullo old friend; toast, butter, stone fruit tending to lemon, touch of wild ferment funkiness…on the palate it's cool and broad, tangy. Structure and Malo notes dominate fruit a little bit too much for me but it's okay. Possibly a bit of time will sort things out?

Flight 3 - Roast breast and confit leg of duck, parsnip puree & blackberry jus (5 notes)

The 2012 shines with the food

Red
2013 Charteris Pinot Noir New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
Earthy aromas, slight sour red currant, some stalks, little cream and sweet spice. Sweet cherry with time and the red currant ripens. In the mouth there is a slight burnt note, spice, warm - alcoholically - over cherry and a slight bitterness. Out of whack.
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Red
2013 Charteris Pinot Noir The Winter Vineyard New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
muted cherries and cream, muted spice, strawberry and slight ash. Sour cherry, a little bitter but juicy. Hmm. Bit of alcohol warmth here for me too.
Red
2012 Charteris Pinot Noir The Winter Vineyard New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
Pretty sweet red berry & cherry fruit, sweet spice, slight Oregon pinot noir note, controlled stalkiness. Cherry married to peppery spice, some mid-palate burring, quite long and, with time, quite pretty. Nice
Red
2014 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Moonlight Race New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
Cedar, perfumed, straying into the black fruit spectrum, spices, touches of 'that' pinot noir nose, cherries, very slight stalks. In the mouth the wine is dense, thick, again more in the black fruit spectrum with slight liquorice. Hmm. Time required?
Red
2014 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
Cedar, perfumed notes again, stalks, minor sandalwood over black fruit and an almost slightly sour note. In the mouth it's dense and thick with drying tannins over blackberry and spice. Hmm, again is time required?

Flight 4 - Cheese (1 note)

I kept back a few wines to work against this as well…again the Charteris Winter 2012 was my personal favourite

Red
2014 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Valli Vineyard New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Central Otago
Cedar, black fruits, stalks, there is an obvious plan of attack here. A certain earthiness and a touch of sourness, spice as well. Liquorice. In the mouth it's spice, black fruits and drying tannins. Sigh.

Closing

Well, that was a pleasant enough supper. The Charteris Winter Vineyard 2012 was my WOTN. The burn cottage wines really don't excite me - that big, rambunctious style of pinot noir is not really my thing.

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