Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"100% estate grown Pinot Noir from our Manata Vineyard in Lowburn, Central Otago. Fragrant blackberry and raspberry with hints of liquorice, black pepper and clove. Sweet red plum, cherry and spice. Richly textured with lovely minerality. Complex with a long and silky sweet berry finish."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 Vintage)
"Ripe, fruity, varietal and enticingly complex bouquet. Aromas of cherry and dried raspberry, silty chalky mineral core and an ingrained savoury dried herb frame. Equally varietal, fruity and savoury on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose. A quiet layer of oak adds complexity and charm with some spice moments. Fine tannins and medium+ acidity. Balanced, well made and ready to enjoy upon purchase and through 2028."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"It's perfumed and lifted on the nose with dried cherry, leather, game and dried herb aromas. The palate displays sweet berry flavours together with rich spicy notes and savoury nuance, finishing firm and drying. At its best: now to 2024."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The very youthful 2018 vintage was estate-grown at Lowburn and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques and cuves (partly new). Bright ruby, it is highly fragrant, with strong, ripe cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, complex and savoury. Built to last, it's well worth cellaring to 2022+."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, March 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Elegant pinot noir from the Manata Vineyard in Central Otago with appealing floral, red cherry, raspberry, plum and subtle floral flavours supported by a perfect measure of acidity and ripe tannins. A supple and attractive red with cellaring potential."
5 Stars & Top 5 Cuisine Pinot Noir Tasting, April 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"A bold wine in a riper style with genuine presence. There is an initial impression of overripeness yet the elements, despite their volume, are expertly balanced. The juicy and spicy palate is filled with blackberries and dried herbs underscored by framed tannins."
92/100 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2017 Vintage)
"The new owners have expanded Pyramid Valley’s production to include an offering from their vineyard in Central Otago. Formerly known as Lowburn Ferry, it’s been renamed Manata. The 2017 Pinot Noir delivers bold black cherry and subtle earthy notes, a medium to full-bodied palate and hints of mocha and plum. With its suave, silky texture, it’s drinkable now, but it shows the concentration and length to drink well through 2026."