Selected for the Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Doctors Flat Pinot Noir is about Steve Davies’ pursuit of wine true to its origin – wine of terroir. The vines are organically farmed with care and harvested by hand. Steve's dedication was recently acknowledged by having this wine included in the Air New Zealand Fine Wines of New Zealand list.
Steve Davies left his job as wine maker at Carrick and set about turning his small organically farmed Bannockburn vineyard into one of the regions best. This is the nine vintage and it is an absolute stunner. We've always loved the elegance and purity in Steve's wine. In 2016 the stars seemed to have aligned and the result is a Pinot Noir of elegance, charm, flavour length… already a bottle of absolute deliciousness.
Reviews for the 2016 vintage below…
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, March 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"Ripe, fleshy and quite oaky pinot noir with plum, dark berry, thyme, spice, anise and a hint of roasted chestnut. It has a perfect balance of fruit sweetness and fine, peppery tannins to give a dry and lingering finish. A stylish wine that's accessible but should age well."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"A stunning rendition offering elegance as well as stylish opulence; the bouquet shows dark plum, sweet cherry, floral, vanilla and toasted nut characters with nuances of anise and olive. The palate is wonderfully weighted and concentrated, displaying multi-layered mouthfeel and supple tannins, finishing impressively long and expansive. At its best: now to 2026."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2016 Vintage)
"Distinctive in its ripeness and steely almost haunting bouquet. Aromas of dried raspberry and dark spicy plum, black currant of dark rose, classic Otago wild thyme and rocky mineral layers; complex, youthful and engaging. On the palate – fruity, tense, youthful and dry. Fruit flavours reflect the nose with raspberry and red cherry, some red apple skin then earth, mineral, dried herb and plum. Firm tannins, medium+ acidity and a lengthy persistent finish. A lovely wine still coming together. Will age well from today and through 2022. Best drinking 2021 through 2027."