Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Our Estate Pinot Noir is the mainstay of our Pinot Noir range. Stylistically it's a nod towards Old Europe, with more reserve, layers and complexity than typical New Zealand pinots. A wine of delicate proportions and nuance, it's more about restraint than power. A sleek and elegant texture yields to flavours more floral and earth-driven than fruit-heavy.
Our Estate Pinot Noir is blended from eight different vine types, most of which are grown on our hillside block on ungrafted roots. These vines are younger, newer clones than our Slowhand and Hare's Breath, although in some years we include a bit of Slowhand or Hare's Breath fruit into the blend.
Deep red cherry in colour with a dark savoury nose of ripe cherry and herbs. Palate shows considerable power and earthy character with masses of plum, dark berry and a mineral cherry edge. Robust fruit tannin provides an inner strength that is long and alluring."
89/100 Cameron Douglas MS, July 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"A Pinot Noir bouquet showing off its floral side first with roses and cherry blossom then red apple skin and brown baking spices of oak; fresh, vibrant, varietal and as the wine opens up a complexity begins to emerge offering some intrigue and mystery – as Pinot Noir should do. Youthful, dry, fruity and firm with chalky, fine tannins, medium+ acidity and fruit flavours of red berries and plum. A wine that needs cellar time to relax and develop its real message, story and character. Best drinking from 2021 through 2027."