Platinum Trophy & 97/100 – Decanter World Wine Awards 2021
Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Gold Medal – New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2021
5 Stars Winestate Magazine
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Established in 1991, Clayvin Vineyard is a north facing hillside vineyard, the vineyard planting is high density. This density creates natural competition among the vines, reducing vigour, promoting root structure and intensity of flavour. It also means that the vineyard only produces ‘one bottle of Clayvin Syrah per vine’.
On the nose our Single Vineyard Clayvin Syrah has beautiful, bright, aromatic fruit aromas of blueberry and plum which meld with violet, cinnamon and nutmeg unlined with an aniseed influence. Its powerful palate is full of texture and concentration with a lingering savoury finish."
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, November 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"This is stunningly beautiful and exquisitely refined, showing Black Doris plum, dark cherry, game, almond and violet aromas on the nose, leading to a superbly concentrated palate exhibiting outstanding fruit purity and poise. It's silky, flowing and seamless with layers of complex flavours backed by fine tannins, ensuring its graceful development. At its best: 2024 to 2034."
97/100 DWWA 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"A delightful ripe primary fruit nose includes balsamic notes and blackberries. The gorgeous, complex palate consists of perfectly weighted blackcurrant notes, structured tannins and an umami richness coming through on the very long finish."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Who says you can’t grow great syrah in Marlborough? This very classy red is boldly coloured, with a fragrant, spicy bouquet. Still very youthful, it has concentrated plum, spice and black pepper flavours, seasoned with oak, a hint of liquorice, impressive complexity and a well-structured, lasting finish. Best drinking 2024+. Certified organic."
93/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, February 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Intense, aromatic and textural syrah with bright raspberry, dark cherry and black-fleshed plum flavours. Quite rich for a cool-climate syrah. A backbone of crisp acidity adds energy and aging potential. Drink now – 2029."