Reviews and Awards

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Artisan Series Wines

Hand tended vines. Hand picked grapes. Hand crafted wines.
Our Artisan Series is premium winemaking at its very best.
Created from only the highest quality fruit in special vintage years, these wines fully express the Shaky Bridge philosophy.

 

Awards

Shaky Bridge Pinot Noir

2003
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    Trophy Winner, 2005 Mondial des Pinots, Switzerland
2006
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    SIlver Medal, 2008 Bragato Wine Awards
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    Bronze Medal, 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition
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    Bronze Medal, 2008 Liquorland Top 100
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    Bronze Medal, 2009 Royal Easter Wine Show
2007
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    SIlver Medal, 2008 Bragato Wine Awards
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    Silver Medal, 2008 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
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    Bronze Medal, 2009 Royal Easter Wine Show
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    Bronze Medal, 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition

Shaky Bridge Gewurztraminer

2008
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    Bronze Medal, 2008 Liquorland Top 100
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    SIlver Medal, 2009 Royal Easter Wine Show

Shaky Bridge Pinot Gris

2008
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    Gold Medal, 2008 Liquorland Top 100
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    Silver Medal, 2009 Royal Easter Wine Show
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    Bronze Medal, 2008 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Shaky Bridge Pinot Noir Rose

2008
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    Silver Medal, 2009 Royal Easter Wine Show
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    Bronze Medal, 2008 Bragato Wine Awards
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    Bronze Medal, 2009 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
2009
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    Silver Medal, 2009 New World Wine Awards

Reviews

Pinot Noir

2003
  • 91 Points, Bob Campbell

    Rich and fleshy wine with sappy tannins and some pleasant warm and spicy characters. A tad drying and lacking flesh. Perfumed, silky, sweet with great texture.

  • 92 Points, Jancis Robinson, MW

    Bright mid crimson. Low key, subtle, appealing perfume. Very sweet and attractive. Subtle, well balanced with a lovely texture and the acidity present only on the finish. Very charming.

  • 92 Points, iWine

    The 2003 Shaky Bridge Pinot is dark ruby in color with complex aromas of ripe cherry, mushroom and spices. On the palate it offers more delicious cherry fruit flavors, nicely integrated cedar/oak notes, with good acidity and a long lasting finish.

  • 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast

    Shows lovely complexity on the nose, blending floral notes with spice and herbs. This is light on its feet, verging on delicate, yet delivers plenty of flavor. Silky tannins and a long finish suggests this has the balance to age, despite not being a massive blockbuster. Elegant.

2006
  • **** , Cuisine Magazine Recommended
  • 89 Points, Bob Campbell

    Reasonably concentrated with candied cherry oak and fruit flavours. A touch sappy with good weight and length. Perhaps a tad tough at this stage, but has character.

2009
  • 89 Points, Bob Campbell

    Fine, focused wine with bright, clear flavours suggesting cherry with a hint of spice and wild herbs. Poised Pinot Noir with gentle acidity and a smooth texture.

2012
  • 90 Points, Wine Orbit

    The nicely fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, game and savoury mushroom characters, leading to a rounded palate that's gentle and silky, beautifully structured by fine tannins. The wine shows elegant complexity, and should be a lovely partner to rich, meaty dishes.

  • 89 Points, Bob Campbell

    Rich and accessible Pinot Noir with plum, dark cherry, chocolate and savoury/wild herb flavours. Quite a fleshy wine with a mellow texture.

  • 88 Points, Wine Spectator

    Forest floor, fresh thyme, earth and iodine notes add some complexity to the firm, crunchy and trim berry and cherry flavors. Firms up significantly on the finish. Drink now through 2026.

2013
  • 93 Points, Wine Orbit

    It is beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying dark cherry, blueberry, violet and game characters with a touch of toasted almond. The palate is concentrated and richly textured, and offers lovely mid palate weight and supple mouthfeel, finishing long and succulent.

 

Pont Tremblant Chardonnay

2009
  • 91 Points, Bob Campbell

    Appealing wine that's bursting with tree fruit flavours including apricot, white peach and nectarine. There's also a touch of mineral salts and spicy oak. Good weight and length with a nice balance of fruity acidity.

2011
  • 90 Points, Bob Campbell

    Fine, taut Chardonnay with appealing mineral and grapefruit/citrus flavours against a toasty, nutty, bran biscuit background. Quite concentrated with a firm backbone of fine acidity. Fairly austere wine right now but with potential to open up with bottle age.

 

Gewurztraminer

2007
  • 89 Points, Bob Campbell

    Pretty, delicate wine with appealing fruit purity. A subtle rather than block-buster style. Off/dry but nicely balanced with a silken texture and good length. Just a tad simple and very slightly phenolic on the finish.

2008
  • 89 Points, Bob Campbell

    Light, fresh wine with appealing purity and delicacy. Moderately dry with pear, apple and floral flavours. Pretty Gewurztraminer with an ethereal texture.

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2012
  • 90 Points, Bob Campbell

    Tasted alongside the less expensive Pioneer Series wine from the same vintage this wine clearly has more weight and flavour concentration although the flavour profile is similar with ginger, rose petal, orange blossom and anise characters.

Pinot Gris

2009
  • 91 Points, Bob Campbell

    Full-flavoured wine with pure pear and other tree fruit characters (possibly quince). Delicate and attractive wine with a lengthy finish.

2011
  • 90 Points, Wine Orbit

    A stylish dry-style, the complex bouquet shows golden apple, apricot and spice aromas, leading to a generously flavoured palate that's silky and richly textured. It's broad, rounded and finishes beautifully long. A sumptuous expression of the variety.

2014
  • 87 Points, Wine Spectator

    Watermelon and citrus flavors mingle well, with crunchy acidity and floral details. Pear, lemon and melon notes persist on the finish. Drink now.

 

Riesling

2008
  • 89 Points, Bob Campbell

    Interesting wine in a fairly dry style with a combination of fine acidity and tannins balancing a modicum of residual sugar. The net effect is a moderately gutsy, grippy wine with a character of its own.

2009
  • 90 Points, Bob Campbell

    Robust and reasonably concentrated Riesling with good weight and mouth feel. The wine is nicely balanced with enough juicy acidity to give a pleasantly drying finish. Flavours include lime/citrus, floral and mineral.

 

Pinot Noir Rose

2007
  • 89 Points, Bob Campbell

    Pretty pale pink. Delicate strawberry flavours and a suggestion of sweetness offer appeal. Strawberries and cream. An ethereal wine with charm.

2008
  • 90 Points, Bob Campbell

    Pretty pale pink wine with fresh, pungent fruit flavours suggesting crushed strawberries and cherries. A delicate, focused wine with pleasing fruit flavours. Slightly sweet with a reasonably dry finish. Good value.

  • 92Points, WBM 100 Wine Review, Brisbane
 

Pioneer Series

From 15-20 year old vines, this series includes
Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer,
Chardonnay and our Home Block White blend.

Our Pioneer Series wines are a delicious entry point for consumers to taste the Central Otago wine style and specifically Shaky Bridge Wines. Made in a round, consumer friendly, easy drinking style, these wines show the true typicity of each variety from within the Alexandra sub-region.

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Awards

Shaky Bridge Pioneer Series Pinot Noir

2006
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    Bronze Medal, 2008 New World Wine Awards
2012
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    Silver Medal, 2013 New World Wine Awards

Shaky Bridge Pioneer Series Gewurztraminer

2008
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    New World Wine Awards 2008 Bronze Medal

Shaky Bridge Pioneer Series Pinot Gris

2008
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    SIlver Medal & Top 50 Selection, 2008 New World Wine Awards
2009
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    Bronze Medal, 2009 New World Wine Awards

Reviews

PIONEER SERIES Pinot Noir

2006
  • 87 Points, Wine Spectator

    There's a minty note prominent among the ripe currant and pepper flavors in this light, velvety red. Drink now through 2012.

2011
  • 90 Points Wine orbit

    The fruit is beautifully expressed, displaying red/black cherry and plum characters with subtle game and savoury complexity on the nose. The palate is equally satisfying with silky texture and polished tannins. The wine flows well to a lingering finish.

2012
  • 90 Points Wine Orbit

    It's beautifully lifted on the nose showing dark cherry, blueberry, game and floral aromas, followed by a succulent palate that's silky and rounded. The wine is well balanced and integrated, with potential to develop rich savoury complexity.

  • 87 Points, Wine Spectator

    Firm, offering an herbal, loamy savory note up front, with talc, spice and rosemary details to the crisp, juicy red fruit flavors, accented by a touch of licorice. Drink now through 2026.

  • ****, "BEST BUY", TiZwine.com

    This wine has always been excellent value and remains so. It has good dark fruit aromas with a nudge of forest floor. The palate carries plentiful blackberry, plum and cherry flavours along with toasty oak and balanced tannins.

2013
  • 93 Points, Wine Spectator

    Aromas of dried rose petal, hibiscus and lavender add to the core of smooth, intense and vibrant cherry, pomegranate and raspberry flavors. Notes of toasted spices linger in the background during the long, velvety finish. Drink now through 2030.

2014
  • 95 Points, Wine Orbit

    This is immensely appealing and intensely aromatic on the nose displaying dark cherry, plum, game, cedar and mixed spice notes. The palate delivers excellent fruit concentration and velvety texture, plus layers of delicious flavours, finishing superbly long and succulent. The wine is bold and powerful, yet perfectly structured and balanced.

2015
  • 93 Points, Wine Orbit

    Beautifully ripe and fragrant, the gorgeous bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, vanilla and mixed spice characters with nuances of cocoa and smoked meat. The palate displays excellent fruit concentration, wonderfully supported by velvety texture and supple tannins. This is generous and flavoursome, and very delicious. At its best: now to 2020.

 2016
  • 93 Points, Wine Orbit

    This is beautifully ripe and inviting on the nose showing dark cherry, plum, toasted hazelnut and subtle game characters. The palate is concentrated and silky, and delivers excellent fruit richness and intensity, wonderfully framed by polished tannins. The wine is expressive and generous, while remaining balanced and structured. At its best: now to 2020.

PIONEER SERIES Pinot Gris

2013
  • 88 Points, Wine Orbit

    Beautifully ripe and fragrant, the immediately appealing nose displays yellow peach, tropical fruit and pear aromas with a hint of mixed spice. It's powerful and rich on the palate with velvety texture, refreshing acidity and excellent fruit weight, finishing long and silky.

  • 88 Points, Wine Spectator

    The melon, peach and pear flavors are smooth and ripe, with hints of roasted nut and mineral in the background. Offers a fleshy, juicy texture. Drink now.

2014
  • 93 Points, Wine Orbit

    Richly fruited and generously textured, this flavoursome pinot gris is filled with tropical fruit, nectarine, poached pear and exotic floral characters. The palate delivers excellent concentration and silky mouthfeel, brilliantly supported by juicy acidity. It is immediately appealing and ideally suited to partner summer salads or mild spicy dishes.

PIONEER SERIES Gewurztraminer

2011
  • 90 Points Jeremy Pringle
2012
  • 89 Points, Bob Campbell

    Delicately aromatic Gewurztraminer with rose petal, orange blossom, ginger and lavender flavours. The flavours are subtle but show appealing purity. Strongly floral wine with a seasoning of spices.

  • 86 Points, Wine Orbit

    The bouquet shows lovely rich aromas of yellow peach, tropical fruit, apple and floral, leading to a opulent palate that's fruit expressive and richly textured. Silky and rounded, the wine shows plenty of attractive flavours.

 

PIONEER SERIES Chardonnay

 

2011
  • 90 Points, Bob Campbell

    Charming fruit-focused wine with ripe nectarine, apricot and citrus flavours plus a subtle nutty complexity that seems more yeast than oak derived. Dry, tangy Chardonnay in an appealing style. Offers good value at this price.

2012
  • 87 Points, Wine Orbit

    A beautifully rounded Chardonnay, the fragrant bouquet shows stone fruit, citrus and creamy characters with subtle vanilla in oak complexity. It's succulent and generous on the palate with lovely fruit intensity, leading to a lingering silky finish.

 

PIONEER SERIES Home Block White

2010
  • 5 Stars TiZwine.com

    Top Quality offering from Shaky Bridge Wines in the Alexandra sub region of Central Otago. The colour is dark and nose quite restrained, but the palate is layered with texture, dark, complex fruit and spicy oak.

A special blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Chardonnay, this is the ultimate wine for summer enjoyment. A touch of sweetness mixes with the spice, peach and apricot flavors. A superb picnic sipper!!

 

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Devils Backbone

The Devils Backbone was a treacherous mining trail leading to the Dunstan Goldfields which was widely used in the late 1800s by our early pioneers.

Many who sought their fortune in the goldfields of Central Otago saw this trail as a pathway to their lifes riches...a small few meeting their ultimate demise.

We offer two wines in our Devils Backbone brand. Both wines provide exceptional drinking at a modest pricepoint, providing very high value. With an accent on spicy notes, there's a pleasurable decadence in each wine that brings you back for more and more.

 

Awards

Devils Backbone Pinot Gris 2014

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    Silver Medal, 2015 Royal Easter Wine Show

Reviews

PINOT NOIR

2007
  • 4.5 Stars, TiZwine.com

A sinfully seductive sensory treat, our Devils Backbone Pinot Noir has a rich, ruby color with spicy aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant and vanilla from toasted oak. Sourcing fruit from several blocks within the Alexandra Basin, this intense layers of flavor support ripe tannins in a full and rewarding example of Alexandra Pinot Noir.

2011
  • 5 Stars, TiZwine.com

Top quality offering from Shaky Bridge in the Alexandra sub region of Central Otago. The colour is dark and the nose quite restrained but the palate is layered with texture, dark, complex fruit and spicy oak. Serious wine with some innovative packaging.

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