Carrick, Electric No.1 2017, Bannockburn

The Electric No.1 is a delicious medley of all of the white grapes grown by Central Otago producers Carrick. Located in Bannockburn, Carrick was formed in 1994 and encompasses a small vineyard of 24 hectares, as well as a winery, restaurant and cellar door. Certified Organic since 2011 by BioGro.

Harvested and fermented together, the grapes include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, plus the odd rogue vine, which together create this dry, textural white wine. The juice was whole-bunch pressed, then fermented using wild yeast in old oak barrels. As a field blend, there is no outstanding varietal character, rather a sense of autumn fruits and weight, balanced by a fine acid backbone.

The wine itself is named after a gold mining dredge, which once worked the Kawarau River – now overlooked by the Carrick vineyards. Although Carrick likes to think the name also reflects the wine’s vibrant nature.