Trophy & Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge London 2018
The Brennan vineyard is a stunning, sloping site in the Gibbston. With a little help from winemaker Sean Brennan, it has a knack for producing personality-filled pinots.
Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"This wine has vigorous structure and body, with full and broad tannins. Deep and complex aromas of dark berries, herbaceous characters and some lifted florals. A wine with years of cellaring potential, and a fantastic vintage for Pinot in Gibbston."
Number 2 & 5 Stars, Cuisine Pinot Noir Tasting 2017 (2014 Vintage)
"This wine leads with texture rather than flavour,” said John Belsham. Gibbston-grown, it has a fleshy yet layered mouthfeel that transmits an energy to the wine. Red fruit notes, spice and a nettly edge are all delivered with juiciness and precision. Try it with barbecued lamb with herbes de Provence."
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, November 2018 (2014 Vintage)
"This is sweetly fruited and seductively savoury on the nose showing ripe dark berry, smoked game, truffle, floral and cedar characters. The palate is concentrated and expansive, delivering plush texture and flowing mouthfeel, leading to a lingering delicious finish. Lovely maturity. At its best: now to 2021."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 (93) Raymond Chan, July 2018 (2014 Vintage)
"Dark ruby-red colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The bouquet is elegantly presented with voluminous, ethereal aromas of dark-red and black cherry fruit along with a thread of dark and fresh herbs, with whole bunch stalk perfumes, unfolding dark-red florals. This has a tight core and the classical cool edginess of Gibbston. Medium-full bodied, the palate is finely proportioned with sleek, but intense flavours of dark-red and black cherry fruit intermixed with notes of dark herbs and dark-red florals. The flavours unfold to fill the palate with ethereal fragrance, all supported by fine-grained, flowery tannin extraction with balanced acidity. The palate has good linearity and drive, carrying to a very long, taut finish. This is a finely presented Pinot Noir with black cherry fruit integrated with dark herbs and florals and ethereal perfumes on a fine-textured palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 6-8 years. Fruit from the estate Gibbston vineyard, clones 10/5, 5, 115, 667, 777, Abel and 6, fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 45% new oak."