Double Gold Medal – Six Nations Wine Challenge 2019
Gold Medal – New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2019
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"Deep ruby-red in colour exhibiting spiced wild berries. Opulent and rich on the palate with notes of dark cherry, blackberry and liquorice. Silky tannins with a muscular structure and impressive length.
From our Bendigo Estate vineyard which is BioGro certified organic and Demeter certified biodynamic; with a vine density of 5,000 – 8,000 plants per hectare on grafted pinot noir clones, planted in 1998. The soils on the beautiful north facing slope are Waenga fine sandy loam and Letts steepland with an elevation from 217 – 264 metres, on 44.55° south. Selected from the mid-section of the vineyard block 7: Clone Abel."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, March 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Dense, powerful pinot noir with ripe red-fleshed plum, dark berry, wood smoke, cocoa and spicy oak flavours. Firmly-structured but accessible wine. A youthful pinot noir with cellaring potential."
95/100 Jamie Goode, Febraury 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Concentrated and broad with nice sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit with depth and intensity. Very assured with lovely texture and some savoury notes. There are some hints of oak, but they are fully integrated. A refined wine."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"Certified organic and biodynamic, the memorable 2017 vintage is 'a single ferment… personally selected by Rudi Bauer as it best expresses the Bendigo Estate vineyard'. Estate-grown and hand-picked at Bendigo, in Central Otago, it was matured in French oak casks (50 per cent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep and youthful in colour, it is highly fragrant, weighty and very savoury, with ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing notable density, complexity and harmony. A very 'complete' wine, set to flourish for a decade, it's already a lovely mouthful."