Reach for the Stars, Joelle Thomson, Joellethomson.com, April 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Vergence means the pupils of the eyes looking outward before they focus – a fitting name for an experimental wine, made 100% from Pinot Noir grapes from in Central Otago rather than North Canterbury. The grapes were 100% whole bunch fermented and sealed in a tank with a small amount of juice in an oxygen free environment where it went through intracellular fermentation (berries release CO2) during its initial week-long fermentation. Bunches were then softly foot pressed and primary fermentation continued, prior to a year’s aging French oak and bottling with no fining or filtration. It tastes dry and full bodied with powerful aromas of pepper, spice and dried herbs. Decanted, it drinks well now and can age for many years in correct cellaring conditions."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"This is a magnificent 100% wholebunch- fermented pinot. It is richly fruited and intriguing on the nose showing dark plum, sweet cherry, dark spice, olive and roasted nut characters with subtle nuance of dried herbs. The palate is concentrated and fleshy, offering excellent depth and weight, beautifully enhanced by silky mouthfeel and supple tannins. Powerful and graceful."
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, May 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"From 100% Pinot fruit with 100% whole bunch and 100% carbonic maceration technique – this wine has an intense dark, ruby appearance with a bouquet of ripe, spicy, savoury, plush lifted fruit profile, a whisper of red bubble-gum and plenty of natural Pinot Noir aromas. On the palate – a dry wine, fruity and quite intense with flavours that reflect the nose plus toasty oak wood spices, medium+ acidity and core of fruit, delicious and fresh with a lower tannin structure, coarse silk texture and lengthy finish."