Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Aurum’s philosophy is to work as closely as possible with nature. Our vineyard and winery are managed using certified organic practices and we thrive to produce wines that speak truthfully of their origins. Organics is the defining philosophy of our vineyard management and part of an overall goal to achieve continuous improvements in vineyard sustainability and to make better wines.
The grapes were mostly destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days and fermented in open vats with wild yeasts. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.
Mouthfilling, juicy and supple, it has concentrated, small red fruits, perfumes and spice flavours, with finely integrated oak adding complexity, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2020+."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"Certified organic, the impressive 2018 vintage was estate-grown and hand-harvested at Lowburn, matured for a year in French oak casks (20 per cent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deeply coloured, it is fragrant and full-bodied, with concentrated, youthful cherry, plum and spice flavours, savoury notes adding complexity and a finely structured finish. A very ageworthy red, it should be at its best 2022+."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
95/100 Jamie Goode, January 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"This is from all over the old vines block. Beautiful aromatics: floral and enticing with sweet black cherries and some spice, with just a hint of nice reduction. The palate is elegant but structured with lovely black fruits character. Black cherries, spice, plums. It has some juiciness and forward fruit, but lovely elegance and purity and real drive. Serious stuff, but also quite approachable. The fruit is so linear and pure, the reduction gives nice edges."
18.5/20 Joelle Thomson, Drinks Biz Magazine, June 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Elegance and silkiness define all the Aurum Pinots, thanks to winemaker Lucie Lawrence’s French background and wine-making philosophy. The winery uses organically certified wines from Te Wairere vineyard in Lowburn, five minutes’ drive north of Cromwell."