Gold Medal & 95/100 – New World Wine Awards 2017
Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"Produced from our own Waihopai Valley vineyard and the adjacent Barnsley vineyard, these two sites grow beautiful parcels of fruit that produce expressive wines with depth and finesse. This Pinot Noir is richly aromatic, showing ripe red berry and cherry characters, complemented by sweet, spicy oak notes. The palate is opulent with soft ripe tannins and great concentration that together produce a powerful, elegant wine."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Distinctive aromas of dark cherry, floral and warm spice mingle among subtle cedary background. It is juicy and beautifully rounded on the palate, and displays excellent weight and texture, wonderfully complemented by savoury notes and fine, polished tannins. Elegant, complex and sophisticated. At its best: now to 2021."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"Offering fine value, the deeply coloured 2015 vintage was grown at two sites in the Waihopai Valley and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Mouthfilling, it is youthful and fruit-packed, with ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent concentration, texture and complexity. Best drinking mid-2018+."
92/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 Vintage)
"Scented Pinot Noir with rich dark-fleshed plums, black cherry and smoky oak flavours. A succulent wine with a good backbone of drying tannins that help a lengthy finish. Good now, better with a little bottle-age."