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The Law’s On Our Side of the World Now

Central Otago, located on New Zealand’s South Island, is the southernmost grape growing region in the world. Before grape growing started in earnest in the 1970’s, there has been a history of extensive fruit growing in river valley orchards and on elevated plateaus, especially along the Kawarau and Clutha rivers. But 150 years ago, the area was abuzz with a gold rush. Having taken a boat tour along the Clutha River myself, one can still see the remains of stone huts that provided primitive lodgings for the miners, commonly referred to as “diggers.” They came from around the world to seek their fortune to stake and work their claims. But with the lawlessness associated with a major gold rush boom at the end of the world, it resulted in the Otago goldfields being regulated by a system of laws overseen by appointed officials such as goldfield commissioners and police.

It made sense for the Bannock Brae Winery to choose Digger’s Law as a brand name for this premium Central Otago Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir accounts for seventy percent of wine production in this region. The grapes for Digger’s Law are sourced from three distinct vineyard sites located in the sub regions of Gibbston Valley, Bendigo and Bannockburn. Burgundian in style, a savoury earthiness combines with berry fruits to dominate the bouquet. On the palate, the balanced tannins are underpinned with a subtle refreshing acidity and core of red berry fruits. No problems with laying down a few bottles to see how this wine develops further. Cameron Douglas, New Zealand’s first Master Sommelier, gave it 93 points. Barbequed lamb tacos would be a tasty, uncomplicated pairing.  

2019 Digger’s Law Pinot Noir LCBO #32405, $24.95