94 Points
5 Stars Sam Kim
Value Pick

94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Boutique North Canterbury Producer

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 100% Pinot Noir

$34.99 $21.99 elsewhere $34.99

Regions : North Canterbury

94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Boutique North Canterbury Producer

In stock


Many of you have discovered the delights of this wine in recent months and it has gone from relatively unknown to a great buying regular in plenty of shopping baskets around here. Darnley Corner is a small family owned vineyard in Waipara and the wines are crafted by well known local winemaker Theo Coles. This is the 5th release of Darnley Corner Pinot Noir and the 2016 is looking really good with layers of dark fruits and savoury complexity with good weight and satin-smooth tannins.

Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Darnley Corner Vineyard is situated in Waipara, North Canterbury and was planted in three stages from 2006 to 2008 in 4 varieties; Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. A boutique, family-run vineyard of 10 hectares, Darnley Corner has a vision of producing the highest quality grapes for premium wines. The concentrated planting of vines (1.2m vine spacing and 2.2m row spacing) aims to assist in achieving more intense flavours.

The Pinot Noir vines are tendered by family throughout the growing season, producing no more than 1 to 1.5kg of fruit per vine. This allows a concentration of flavours. The grapes are then carefully hand harvested and crafted into this superb wine. The 2016 vintage is the 5th vintage of Darnley Corner Pinot Noir.

This wine, crafted exclusively from grapes grown at Darnley Corner Vineyard, exhibits notes of red and black cherries, raspberry blossom, spice, fine grain tannins and has a stony length."

5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Complex, engaging and inviting, the bouquet shows dark berry, fragrant spice, smoked game, black olive and thyme characters with a touch of dark mushroom notes. The palate is concentrated and impressively weighted, while remaining elegant and poised, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and fine, silky tannins. A richly savoury style offering excellent drinking. At its best: now to 2021."

We provide a door to door delivery service nationwide. Delivery charges are calculated on a 12 bottle case or part there of.

Delivery charges are calculated during the checkout process. Please ensure you choose the correct delivery region. We will advise you if you have chosen the incorrect delivery region.

You may also choose to 'pick up' your order from our wine shop at 188 Durham Street South, Christchurch.

For further details on prices and delivery options please go to the Delivery & Returns section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that it may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on (03) 3655134.

Note, for orders of 1 - 3 bottles we may charge extra for packaging. To ensure the safety of the bottles we use specially designed posting boxes. You can find posting & gift options here.