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Cairnmuir Rd, Bannockburn, R 2, Cromwell 9384

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Carrick label

Carrick is owned by a group of friends in Dunedin. Carrick’s vineyards are all located in Bannockburn, on the Cairnmuir Terraces.

Cairnmuir was planted in 1994, in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris. It lies on a promontory, bounded by Lake Dunstan to the north and west, and the Bannockburn Inlet to the south. The vineyard is a mixture of gravels and silica sand.

The Cairnmuir block was extended in 1998, with a further planting devoted to Pinot Noir. New Dijon Clones were planted and the vineyard now contains a range of clones- Pommard (UCD 5), 10/5, 13, 113, 114, 115 and 777.

The Arthur vineyard, planted in 1996 is owned by Bill and Sue Arthur, is located across Cairnmuir Rd, on the sloping foothills of the Cairnmuir Range. The vineyard is dedicated to Pinot Noir and Riesling.

Steve Davies the winemaker has also planted a vineyard in Hall Road, Bannockburn. Davies learnt his craft in California and Oregon.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

Carrick Excelsior Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A110)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, aromatic with small whole bunch ferment, concentrated and medium-full bodied but supple black cherry and dark plums  with asian spice, thyme and violet notes, long and earthy with persistent dusty tannins, spicy coffee/vanilla oak and firm acidity (****1/2)

Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2013

Purchased: Not ($A48/$NZ45)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting:Aug 2016, slightly reductive black cherry, raspberry and dark plum with a touch of violet, anise and menthol, herbal and medium bodied with fine, powdery tannins, the spicy oak has been pulled back a bit (***1/2)

Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($A28/$NZ26)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, early drinking, 100% destemmed style showing red cherry and dark plum with a touch of raspberry and  violet and thyme notes, lightly reductive smoky undertones, the acid line is firm and there is some tannic astringency (***)

Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($A48/$NZ45)

Drink:  2021

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015,  a rather cold vintage, no fining or filtration, clones 5. 13 and 10/5, sweetly fruited dark cherry, raspberry and plum with violet florals, herbal game and toasty oak spices, medium-full bodied with dusty tannins and dark chocolate on the finish (****)

Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($A30/$NZ28)


(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, made from 7 clones, 100% destemmed, fairly intense medium bodied redcurrant and dark plum with tobacco, violet and thyme notes, firm acidic backbone with some slight astringency to the tannic grip (***1/2)

Carrick Excelsior Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($A95/$NZ85)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, flagship release made from older 10-5 and 13 clone vines, 10% whole bunch ferment, concentrated but fairly supple red cherry and dark plums with asian spice, dried thyme and violet notes, medium-full bodied but has a good line and opens up to some savoury/earthy complexity, lingering dusty tannins, the 33% new spicy vanilla oak is bit too overt for me, acid is still fresh and lively (****1/2)

Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($A48/$NZ45)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, the first fully certified organic release and Champion Wine of Show at the Australian Organic Wine Show 2013, 10% whole bunch inclusion, clones 5, 13, 10/5, no fining or filtration, sweet and succulent red cherry and raspberry is a juicy medium bodied framework, violet florals and a dusting of dried thyme, fine chalky tannins with some dark chocolate on the finish, the fruit has good depth but the wash of toasty oak spices is bit too overt for my taste (****)

Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($A30/$NZ28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, entry level, destemmed, multi-clonal (113, 115, 667, 777, 5&6) from young 1994 and 1996 vines, plump and medium-full bodied red cherry and plums with dried thyme, tobacco and floral violet notes, slightly extractive and firmish in places, moderate acidity and dusty open knit tannins with some spicy vanilla oak (20% new) on the finish (***1/2)

Carrick Crown and Cross Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($A42)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, a soft and silky well balanced wine if not particularly complex, light-medium bodied and rather ripe red cherry and raspberry with violet notes, the finish shows some toasty and spicy coffee-vanilla oak inputs (***1/2)

Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($A30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, a 7 clone blend with 15% whole bunch inclusion, vibrant red cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavours, juicy with light spiciness and fresh acids, a touch of cocoa, tobacco and flat sarsparilla on the back end, fine tannins on the minerally, a not overly complicated fruit bomb (***1/2)

Carrick Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($A45)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, pre-release tasting, tightly structured plum, mulberry and red cherry with anise and white pepper nuances, savoury with assertive quartz-like minerality with some emergent forest floor, vanilla-cedar oak is a little raw at the moment but should settle down, persistent and slightly grippy linear tannins so give it a while in your cellar, more than a nod to the Cote de Nuits (****)

Carrick Central Otago Central Otago Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($A30)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, fairly restrained and austere melon, grapefruit and nectarine is tightly wound with zesty grapefruit acidity, some malo and lees inputs fill out the mid-palate texture, discrete vanilla oak, finishes a bit hollow with a broken line (***)

Carrick Central Otago Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($A45)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, array of sweet maraschino cherry, raspberry, blackberry and black cherry, savoury with some briary, black pepper and forest floor notes, dark chocolate with a touch of smokiness, firm tannic finish, elegant balance (****)

Carrick Central Otago Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($A29)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, bright tropical fruit with lime and lemon meringue nuances with underlying green apple acidity and a minerally spine, finish shows tingly citric acids with a hint of residual sugar (***1/2)

Carrick Central Otago Pinot Gris 2006

Purchased: Not ($A32)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, floral citrus and rose petal nose, nashi pear and red apple flavours, dry palate shows almond, coriander and white pepper notes, crisp finish (***)

Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($A30)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2007, strawberry, raspberry and black cherry flavours, juicy but uncomplicated medium bodied palate with some black pepper, dark chocolate with some smoky savoury oak features on the finish, smooth tannins, drink now style (***)