The Damsteep Vineyard is located in the north east of Waipara Valley at the foot of the Omihi Saddle in North Canterbury. The combination of sandstone/limestone soils with some clay has given the wine its bright fragrant, floral/violet flavours and a silken texture. There is palate filling succulence balanced with minerality. A very attractive Pinot Noir.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"The Damsteep Vineyard is located in the north east of Waipara Valley at the foot of the Omihi Saddle in North Canterbury. This Pinot Noir is grown on a 5.5 hectare vineyard with 9 different parcels of various north east, north, and north west facing slopes, with an altitude between 140 to 180 meters above sea level. The vines here were planted in 1999 and grow on clay overlying fractured limestone and sandstone soils. Organic and biodynamic farming practices have been used since 2012. The Damsteep Vineyard was fully certified organic with BioGro in March 2017."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"The outstanding 2016 vintage was estate-grown in the Damsteep Vineyard, planted in 1999 "at the top of Waipara Valley", fermented with indigenous yeasts, barrel-aged, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling, very savoury, ripe and deep, with finely balanced tannins and lovely plum, berry, spice and nut flavours. Likely to flourish for a decade, it's full of personality. Best drinking 2020+."
5 Stars & 19.0-/20 (95) Raymond Chan, May 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Dark, deep, black-hued garnet-red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and tight in expression with a taut core of dark-red and black cherry and berry fruit along with raspberry notes and lifted dark-red and violet florals, revealing a fine layering of delicate herbal elements. This has very good intensity. Medium-bodied, the palate has richly sweet and vibrant, aromatic fruit flavours of dark-red and black cherries and berries, with nuances of dark raspberries and a suggestion of liquorice., unfolding violet florals and subtle herb notes. The fruit sweetness fills the palate and the mouthfeel is balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction with fresh acidity. The fruit sweetness is underlined by some power and the wine carries to a long and sustained finish. This is a sweet and lusciously fruited, bright Pinot Noir with dark cherry and raspberry fruit, lifted floral and herb notes on a vibrant palate with fine tannins. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from the ‘Damsteep’ vineyard, vines planted in 1999, hand-picked, fully destemmed to give 75% whole berries, and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 12 months in seasoned French oak, followed by a further 5 months in tank. 1,057 cases made."
93+/100 Jamie Goode, August 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"This has a real density to it. It’s firm and structured with black cherry and blackberry fruit, together with hints of spice and earth. It’s quite firm and structural with a bit of crunch to the fruit. Currently quite backward and dense, this has a distinctive personality. It needs a bit of time to resolve, and has a drying finish. I think this will turn out well, but don’t drink it now, because it’s at quite an awkward stage, in a reductive sulk."