Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Complex smoky, cedar wood, ripe plum and dried herbs aromas. The palate show raspberry and black currant flavours with savoury and earthy tones. This wine has a solid mid-palate and lingering chocolate finish. An elegant wine, well balanced with fine tannins and good acidity.
Low cropping estate grown grapes for this wine were hand harvested in April 2017 from Aurum’s Te Wairere vineyard in the Lowburn area of Central Otago. Grapes for this Reserve Pinot Noir were selected by the winemakers and fermented in open-top fermenters, hand plunged and with wild yeasts. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak barrels with 20% new oak."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Estate-grown at Lowburn, the very ageworthy 2017 vintage was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for a year in French oak casks (20 per cent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling, with dense, vibrant, plummy, spicy flavours, still fresh and youthful, and a well-structured, moderately firm finish. Full of potential, it’s well worth cellaring to 2022+."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
95/100 Jamie Goode (2015 Vintage)
"When Lucie’s daughter Mathilde was born she started separating out bits of the vineyard. I don’t like blending. I don’t understand making a reserve wine by blending barrels. This is 20-30% whole bunch. Elegant, supple nose with lovely floral detail to the red fruits. The palate is fresh, fine, elegant and harmonious, with some savoury herbal hints, layers of flavour, a lightness to the red fruit character, and great precision. There’s some generosity, but also a bit of fine-grained structure and savouriness. ‘There’s a comfort about this wine,’ says Lucie, and she’s right. Long red fruits finish. Slight green sappiness in the background is really pretty."