Gold Medal – New World Wine Awards 2019
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Aromas of ripe cherry and plum characters are supported by hints of savoury spice and dried herb. Approachable with soft tannins and intense fruit flavour. Silky texture and great length. Drinking well now and up to 2022. Great as an aperitif or with savoury tomato or mushroom based dishes, salmon, red meat or pasta.
2018 was a year in which the Viticulture team earned their keep! We accumulated a lot of moisture in traditionally our driest months of the year – January, February and March. As a result the vines continued to produce lots of leaves and the vineyard team spent a great deal of time ensuring the fruit had the correct levels of sun exposure – lots of trimming and leaf plucking!
Our 2018 Pinot Noir is a blend sourced from four of our Marlborough vineyards situated in the Southern Valley’s sub-region. Diversity of clone allowed us to make a complex and complete wine with vibrant, pure fruit character and depth of flavour. Grapes were cold soaked, fermented in small parcels and aged for nine months in French oak barriques."
95/100 NWWA 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"What do an accountant, a lawyer and a farmer-turned-winemaker have in common? They are all part of the close-knit family producing Mount Riley wines in Marlborough which was started in 1992. The ripe Pinot Noir grapes were from the Southern end of the Marlborough Valley producing a wine that has bright cherry and strawberry flavours. The wine is soft and mouth-filling with a long caressing finish; almost a cuddle in a glass."