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Wooing Tree

www.wooingtree.co.nz

7 Westmoreland Place, Cromwell

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: +64 3 445 4142

Wooing Tree is a family owned single vineyard operation owned since 2002 by Stephen and Thea Farquharson and Stephen's sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Geoff Bews.

The name comes from the landmark tree that sits in the middle of the vineyard and has been a popular place for locals to woo their prospective lovers.

The 26 ha vineyard is mainly dedicated to Pinot Noir (5,6, 115, 667 and 777 clones) closely planted with vertical shot positioning trellising. The wines were made by Carol Bunn at Vinepro until she left in 2010 with Peter Bartle taking up the challenge.

cellar door
Wooing Tree cellar door at Cromwell (photo courtesy: Wooing Tree)
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)

Wooing Tree Sandstorm Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($A118/$NZ85)

Drink: 2022+  

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, tightly wound flagship wine, long, foresty and concentrated with sour cherry, dark plum and raspberry with dried thyme and game complexity, linear medium bodied palate with slaty minerality and firm tannins, spicy vanilla/cinnamon/coffee oak (****1/2)

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased:  ($A54/$NZ48)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, Pure Gold at Air NZ Wine Awards 2014, no fining, small whole bunch input, plush plum, raspberry and sour cherry with dried thyme and violet notes, medium-full bodied and savoury with fine, grainy tannins (****)

Wooing Tree Beetlejuice Pinot Noir 2014

Purchased: Not ($A36/$NZ28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, entry level with small whole cluster input, supple and fleshy raspberry, plum and black cherry with thyme and violet notes,peppery and  medium bodied with sandy fine tannins,sweet vanilla/ dark chocolate oak,  pleasant style but lacks the length of the premium releases (***1/2)

Wooing Tree Rose 2016

Purchased: Not ($NZ25/$A27)

Drink:2018  

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2016, Champion Rose at 2016 Bragato Wine Awards 2016, 5 gms/residual sugar so still in the dry territory, bright salmon pink colour, quite floral strawberry and cream with a hint of watermelon, pomegranate and dried herb notes, vibrant grapefruit acidity and chalky phenolics, good line and length (****1/2)

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($A43/$NZ48)

Drink:2022

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, Pure Gold at Air NZ Wine Awards 2014, no fining,  small whole bunch inclusion, glycerolly  red cherry and dark plums with violet florals and dried thyme notes, medium-full bodied bodied with fine, grainy tannins and sappy acidity (****1/2)

Wooing Tree Sandstorm Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($A114)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, multi-clonal, powerful core of foresty black cherry and raspberry with herbal meat and slaty mineral complexity, linear and tightly packed medium-full bodied palate, firm acid backbone and tannin structure, spicy vanilla/cinnamon/ coffee oak, built for the long haul (****1/2)

Wooing Tree Rose 2014

Purchased: Not ($A27)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, Trophy for Champion Rose at Bragato Awards 2014, salmon pink colour, floral and fresh strawberry and cream style with a touch of garden herb and pomegranate, racy grapefruit acidity on the chalky finish (****1/2)

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($A55/$NZ46)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, Pure Gold at Air New Zealand Wine Awards, multi-clonal, small whole bunch ferment, no fining, plumpish and glycerolly black cherry and dark plums with bright violet florals, some dried herbs and a wash of toasty warm oak spices, medium-full bodied palate is underpinned with shisty minerality, fine grained tannins with a lively acid cut (****)

Wooing Tree Beetlejuice Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($A40/$NZ28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, Pure Gold at Air New Zealand Wine Awards, clones 6 and 5, 5% whole bunch ferment, juicy black cherries and raspberry with peppery spices, boot leather and lots of violet florals, has respectable line and length for an entry level release, sweet cedar/vanilla/chocolate oak, supple tannins (***1/2)

Wooing Tree Rose 2012

Purchased: Not ($NZ25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, Bronze Medal at NZ International Wine Show, Pinot Noir based, salmon pink colour,  floral rose petal nose, subtle and fairly dry style (2.9 gm/l residual sugar) fresh strawberry, cherry bon bon and cream with a dusting of dried herbs, long chalky finish (****)

Wooing Tree Sandstorm Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($A120/$NZ85)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, no fining, from very low yielding 777, 667,115, 6 and 5 clones, very long and focussed core of medium-full bodied redcurrant and black cherry fruit with some sweet spices and savoury meat nuances, has mineral complexity and a spine of fresh acidity, the spicy vanilla-cinnamon oak is wrapped in sheets of chewy tannins, needs time (****1/2)

Wooing Tree Pinot Rose 2010

Purchased: Not ($NZ25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2011, 20% barrel ferment in old French oak, floral rose petal nose, subtle and fairly dry style (5.2 gm/l residual sugar) showing delicate and leafy strawberry and redcurrant with a hint of mint and dried herb, long chalky finish, one of the better examples of the Pinot Rose style that rarely grabs my interest (***1/2)

Wooing Tree Sandstorm Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($A130)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, pre-release tasting, more restrained than the standard from very low yielding 667 and 5 clones, very long and focussed core of medium bodied strawberry and black cherry with undergrowth and mineral complexity, spicy vanilla oak with firm oak tannins (****)

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($A55/$NZ41)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, Bronze medal at NZ Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2010, silky and sweet raspberry, red cherry and plum, plump with toasty warm spices, fine grained tannins with fairly overt spicy vanilla French oak, regional fruit bomb (***1/2)

Wooing Tree Sandstorm Reserve Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($A100/ $NZ85)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, very low yielding 667 and 5 clones, only 120 cases produced, delicate but ripe plum and black cherry balanced with a slightly sour edge, medium bodied with a firmish minerally finish and toasty French oak, seems a bit raw at the moment but presumably will settle with some cellaring (***1/2)

Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($A45/ $NZ39)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, Gold Medal at 2009 NZ Royal Easter Wine Awards, unfined, medium-full bodied showing dark plum and liqueured cherry, peacock’s tail structure shows complex spice, herbs and autumn leaves, silky minerally finish, the sweet cedar/chocolate oak gives a confectionary feel to the end that the fruit doesn’t need to hide behind (****)

Wooing Tree Rose 2006

Purchased: Not ($30/ $NZ21)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, Pinot derived, juicy strawberry and red cherry but well balanced between sweetness and dryness despite its candy pink colour, minerally texture with a touch of earthiness and refreshing malic acidity, subtle spritz (****)

Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($55/ $NZ37)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, rich and ripe black cherry with cranberry and raspberry nuances and a hint of leather, spicy and medium-full with emergent forest floor and regional thyme, slightly charry vanilla choc oak, grainy tannins, earthy dry finish (***1/2)

Wooing Tree Beetle Juice Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2008, juicy red cherry, strawberry and raspberry with black pepper, a bit forward and confectionary with plenty of chocolaty oak showing, silky tannins, one for seducing sweet tooths (***)