Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2019
Winery notes (2015 Vintage)
"Handpicked in the cool of morning, the grapes naturally fermented and were hand plunged in open vats over several weeks. A portion of the bunches were left as whole bunches. After draining to barrels for 15 months, barrels were selected and blended for further ageing, then blended before bottling 18 months after harvest.
Aromas of wweet plum, sage and thyme. There is a note of dark chocolate with the typical characters of red fruits being less dominant in this vintage. Very youthful and tightly bound at bottling, a gentle front palate flows through to firm, drying tannins. Subdued fruit at this stage that will emerge in time.
Outpost Vineyard, Omaka Valley – clay/silt loam over clay bound glacial gravel on a steeply sloping, direct North facing aspect. Clones 5, 6, 115."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"From hill-grown vines in the Omaka Valley, the classy 2015 vintage was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 16 months in French oak casks. Deep and youthful in colour, it is mouthfilling, sweet-fruited and concentrated, with ripe cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, complex and savoury, that build to a smooth, lasting finish. Already delicious, it's a classy, finely structured red that will mature gracefully; open 2019+."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2019 (2015 Vintage)
"The wine is complex and splendidly expressed on the nose showing dark cherry, sweet strawberry, truffle, vanilla and cedar characters. It is equally satisfying on the palate with excellent weight and concentration, leading to a lengthy harmonious finish. Beautifully polished and lingering. At its best: now to 2023."