What an impressive wine for its price. This is 'second label' Pinot that takes a big step into 'first label' territory with its flavour profile and complexity. It drinks beautifully with its dense and juicy dark fruits that have an intriguing floral edge while chocolaty tannins fill the palate. It's nicely weighted with balanced acidity and excellent varietal character.
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"This is seductively fragrant on the nose showing dark berry, plum, toasted almond, game and floral aromas. The palate is concentrated and refined, displaying excellent fruit purity and roundness, leading to a persistent silky finish. The wine offers gorgeous fruit flavours together with elegant spicy/savoury notes, making it immensely appealing. At its best: now to 2021."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Te Tera ('The Other') is made for early drinking, compared to its stablemates. The 2017 vintage was matured in French oak barrels for 10 months (15 per cent new). Bright ruby, it is mouthfilling, fresh and supple, with geneorus, plummy, spicy flavours, gentle tannins, good complexity and lots of drink-young appeal."
4 Stars & 17.5/20 Raymond Chan, June 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Moderately deep and dark ruby-red with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh with medium deep aromas of cherries and strawberries with raspberry notes, along with fresh and dark herbs, unfolding red floral elements. This is up-front, pretty, fragrant and uncomplicated. Medium-bodied, the palate is gently sweet and elegant with soft flavours of strawberries and cherries, and subtle raspberry notes. The palate is fresh and lively with mouthwatering acidity, and the fruit is supported by light, supple tannin extraction. As the wine flows, red florals and dark herbs emerge and carry to a lively, lingering finish with brisk acidity. This is a gently sweet and up-front Pinot Noir with fragrant strawberry, cherry and floral fruit with some herb notes and lively acidity and easy tannins. Match with antipasto, tuna, salmon and poultry dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit predominantly from Fraters Road, mainly Dijon clones, vines younger at 8-22 y.o. fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 15% new French oak."