Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The cool climate queen of red wine is a natural match for Marlborough’s reliable cool and dry vintage climate. The grapes typically show ripe berry fruit flavours – raspberry and strawberry; that distinctive “Forest floor” earthen aroma and fresh acidity. Our Pinot Noir is produced from our Southern Valleys vineyard, planted over 25 years ago -a very special site with geologically older soils composed of crushed river stones, intermixed with clay.
Delicious aromas of raspberry, strawberry and black Dawson cherry with hints of violets. The taste is all dark fruit cake and plum, with hints of spice and savoury, “forest floor” aromas. It’s full, complex and delicious on the palate! Great drinking now but your patience will be rewarded by cellaring for 5+ years."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The 2018 vintage was grown in the Southern Valleys and aged in French oak barrels (20 per cent new). Bright ruby, it is fresh and full-bodied, with youthful cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity, and a moderately firm finish. Best drinking 2021+."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal – Marlborough Wine Show 2019
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Combining sweet fruit aromas together with spicy nuances, the gorgeously expressed bouquet shows raspberry, dark cherry, olive, anise and cedar characters with subtle gamey complexity. The palate is succulent and wonderfully weighted, delivering juicy fruit intensity backed by silky texture and polished tannins, making the wine highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2022."
NZIWS 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Smoky, savoury and gamey on the nose and deep, rich and cedary with Morello cherry fruit, forest floor and mushroomy tones and brightness to the musk and spice infused finish."