Chard Farm River Run 2018

Chard Farm River Run 2018

  • Pinot Noir
  • New Zealand, 750ml

Aromas of bright cherry and berry fruits lightly spiced with a lingering floral and herbal perfume. Wonderfully supple and silky on the palate, highlighting the ripe cherry, red berry and spice flavours, finishing with superb balance and drinkability

  • Winery: Chard Farm
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Screwcap

Food pairing: Chicken & duck; lamb & mild sausage; tuna & salmon; mushroom risotto; mushroom & light-medium red sauces; brie & goats cheese

River Run is Chard Farm's Central Otago regional Pinot Noir made from grapes grown in their vineyards in different sub-regions of Central Otago, with each pocket of land having its own unique climate and soil mix producing quite different styles of Pinot Noir.


"In August 1986 I set eyes on Chard Farm for the first time. In those days we were part of a small band of pioneers - I was a university graduate and failed (badly) computer scientist. I had just arrived back in NZ from studying winemaking in Germany. A chance encounter with a cousin who worked on an orchard called Chard Farm, near Queenstown piqued some interest in Central Otago. With wife Gerdi (a nurse from Germany) we went down to Central Otago to check out the strange viticultural endeavours of the fledgling Central Otago wine pioneers. We liked what we saw, fell in love with the farm and Kayfa the cat, and started to manage the farm as an orchard. Soon after arrival and out rabbit shooting one gorgeous, balmy, central Otago evening, I had an epiphany - I could see the farm as a fully planted vineyard (Gerdi hates this story and thinks it's way too dramatic!). My father was quickly summoned (with chequebook! ) to have a look. Brother Greg came on board as well. In those days the advice was simple, do not plant anything down there at all, or if you are foolish enough, then plant some obscure early ripening Germanic variety such as a Scheurebe or Gewurztraminer. However we persevered and with a lot of help from family, friends, [german nurses] and locals in those early years we got there. Over time we expanded our vineyard plantings into the Cromwell basin where we now have four vineyards and built a winery on the home block in the early 90's. However even then we were still seen as an oddity without much hope. A classic quote at the time by a New Zealand wine writer who may wish to remain anonymous, summed us up - If Central Otago wine producers think they can produce premium quality wine, they are seriously deluding themselves. It wasn't until the mid 90's that we were taken seriously - the rest is history. Thank god for pinot noir." Rob Hay



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