Selected for the 2019 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Our Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. Pinot Noir holds a special place in our hearts. We grow the grapes and make this wine with particular care and attention. The resulting wines are distinctive for their lifted aromatics, silky mouth feel and the powerful expression of pure fruit, ripe tannin and balanced oak.
Rich Black cherry and plum fruit is subtly lifted by layers of dark red florals and complex savoury aromas of dark chocolate, cigar box and olive tapenade. The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture, which is full and concentrated. Flavours of ripe berry fruit and dark plum fill the pallet. This fruit is supported by powerful yet fine polished tannins giving a plush yet silky texture with seamless length."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, April 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Deep-tinted Pinot Noir, with the seductive flavours of dark-fleshed plum, black cherry, liquorice, wood-smoke and spicy oak. Impressive depth and intensity with a rich, smooth texture. Delicious now, better later."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"From their estate vineyard in the Southern Valleys, this is magnificently fruited and inviting on the nose showing black cherry, plum, toasted almond, olive and floral characters. The palate is concentrated and plush, displaying excellent weight and depth, backed by fine, polished tannins. Powerful yet poised and harmonious with a gorgeous flowing mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2024."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Grown on north-facing slopes at Auntsfield, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the 2017 vintage is impressive. Matured for 10 months in French oak casks (28 per cent new), it is a powerful wine with bold, purple-flushed colour. Mouthfilling and very sweet-fruited, it is overflowing with ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, with good tannin backbone, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2021+."