Desert Heart Untamed Heart Central Otago Pinot Noir

Desert Heart Untamed Heart Central Otago Pinot Noir

Desert Heart Estate began in 1999 as the dream of Denny and Jane realizing our aspirations of living and developing a vineyard and wine business on the celebrated Felton Road, Bannockburn in Central Otago.

The name Desert Heart was chosen to pay tribute to the land, because Pinot Noir, more than any other grape reflects where it is grown, and to the historical reference to the name of Bannockburn, "Heart of the Desert", from the gold rush era and due to its atypical climatic conditions. Bannockburn has a climate of extremes with long hot dry summers and harsh cold winters. Rainfall is minimal bordering on desert conditions which makes for superlative growing conditions for our award winning Pinot Noir grapes.

Tasting Note

The 'Untamed Heart' 2011 was originally released in 2016 as an alternative style to their Desert Heart Pinot, with the same quality standard but more of a funky and complex style.

We have a tendency to drink our quality wines too young, so it is a rare treat to find one in its prime drinking window like this that shows the added complexity of bottle aging.

Pale garnet with clear 'bricking' from bottle age, aromas of black roses, charred venison and cherry pie, fresh thyme, and subtle cedar. Lively on the palate, with a broad and spicy mid-palate with a delicate fine finish.

Winemaker Notes

Desert Heart wines are not just made, but are created by an unyielding and impassioned focus on quality and attention to detail in all facets of the winemaking process that allows our vineyards to express their true capabilities.

Our philosophy is to let the fruit speak for itself, and in keeping with the romance inherent in our wine, this involves minimal intervention from the vine to the bottle, and is integral to our practice, with the low yields allowing the wines to communicate our site and terroir.

At harvest the grapes are hand-picked, clone by clone as the soil types allow the grapes to attain optimum physiological ripeness and deliver the purest possible reflection of our vineyard's unique characteristics.

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand - Otago
  • Red Wine
  • Pinot Noir

Shipping Options / Costs

Free shipping for orders over $150, otherwise

Shipping Option Per Box  Cost
Pick up in store All Free
Ship to: Local Wellington Region (*) Up to 12 bottles $2.50
Ship to: Rest of New Zealand Up to 12 bottles $6.00
Ship to: Rural Deliveries Up to 12 bottles Add + $4.50
Ship to: Waiheke Island Up to 12 bottles Add + $12.00
(*) Local Wellington includes Wellington City, Hutt City and Porirua City. 

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