Gold Medal – New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2021
Le Maitre comes from Gibbston Valley's original Home Block vineyard in the western entry to Gibbston. The vineyard is not irrigated and has BioGro Organic certification. The vines have a natural balance born from age and a deep root profile. The subregional influence of Gibbston gives transparency and elegance to the wine. It is a product worthy of deep and lengthy contemplation.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Le Maitre is grown from mature vines, planted by Alan Brady planted in the early 1980’s. It is a low production wine made from this historic dry-farmed, organic vineyard.
Deeply complex; demure red fruits sidle alongside earth, beetroot and alpine flowers. Medium bodied, the precise acidity draws the poised fruit through to a delicate finish. Fine and elegant."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Grown in the Home Block at Gibbston, where the oldest vines were planted in 1983, the 2019 vintage, certified organic, was matured for 10 months in French oak casks (25 per cent new). Bright ruby, with a fragrant, slightly earthy bouquet, it is an elegant, still extremely youthful wine, with rich, vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, woven with fresh acidity, and good tannin backbone. Highly refined, with good vigour, complexity and structure, it’s well worth cellaring to 2023+."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2019 Vintage)
"From old vines (planted in 1983) grown on the Home Block in Gibbston. It was 100% de-stemmed before fermentation using indigenous yeasts. A fragrant, floral pinot noir with red cherry, violet, fresh herb flavours and a peppery texture."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Vibrant, varietal and enticing bouquet with aromas of ripe red berry fruits with a savoury core, fine smoky wood scents and baking spices of vanilla and clove, complex, youthful and engaging. On the palate – equally vibrant, very youthful and quite tense with firm tannins and medium+ acidity, the core of fruit balances the youthful attributes and mineral along with oak and its toasty spices. Lengthy finish, well made and ready from 2022 through 2030+."
92/100 Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2019 Vintage)
"From the home vineyard's original 1983 plantings, the 2019 Le Maitre Pinot Noir aged in 28% new French oak (two barrels out of seven). Like past vintages, it's deep and earthy in profile, with mushroomy, almost-truffle-like nuances, blackberry and black cherry fruit and hints of dried spices. Medium to full-bodied, it's richly textured on the palate and brightened by crisp acids on the mouthwatering finish. It should drink well for up to a decade."