From the multi-award winning Peregrine winery in Central Otago, Saddleback Pinot Noir 2019 is in fine form. Crafted from a mix of Bendigo, Pisa and Gibbston fruit it is showing bright fresh aromas of red and black berries, florals and a touch of spice. On the palate it moves into dark fruits melding with savoury elements of spice and herb giving lovely balance and persistence.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Strawberry, raspberry and floral aromas combine with subtle brown spice and a hint of thyme. A pure expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir. A luscious and fruit focused Pinot Noir with great flavour and soft supple tannins.
Harvested in Central Otago – Bendigo, Gibbston and select Cromwell basin sites. The mild summer combined with classic large diurnal shifts in autumn led to a long ripening period giving great complexity and concentration to the fruit. Mostly destemmed with a small portion of whole cluster fermentation, and 10 months maturation in older French oak."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"It's sweetly fruited and enticing on the nose with ripe cherry, smoked mushroom, thyme and roasted nut characters. The palate displays excellent weight and fleshy texture together with juicy fruit flavours and silky tannins, making it instantly appealing and fabulously drinkable. At its best: now to 2024."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars, Top 10 & Best Buy, Cuisine Pinot Noir Tasting, April 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"A rich and warm style with some vibrant alpine-herbal notes supported by plum, cherry and exotic spices. The structure is juicy yet with wonderfully polished and enduring tannins."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Offering good value, the 2017 vintage is a blend of Pisa (50 per cent), Bendigo (39 per cent) and Gibbston (11 per cent) grapes, matured in seasoned French oak barrels. Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling and fruit-packed, with strong, plummy, spicy flavours, gentle tannins and lots of drink-young charm. Best drinking mid-2019+."
NZIWS (2016 Vintage)
"Concentrated and bright with a full bouquet and a juicy, generous, fine-textured velvety taste with touches of cherry chocolate, harmonious savoury oak and a bright spicy allure."
93/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Red cherry scents, whiffs of garrigue, pepper, brambles. Leaner, fresher expression but with fine trim of tannins and succulence in tow. Fine boned and frisky, just on cusp of ripeness feel. Elegance and restraint are good words here. This has some good presence in glass. Like."