Gold Medal & 95/100 – Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"The 2017 Runholder Pinot Noir is derived from six clones grown on our Martinborough Estate. Complex notes of cherries mingle with aromatic spices and the classic Martinborough savoury notes. The palate displays vibrant fruit flavours and is finished with fine silky tannins."
DWWA (2017 Vintage)
"Ripe and rich red with typical damson, spice and peppery aromatics, oaky tannins and flavours of fleshy red plums. Long, spicy finish."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2017 Vintage)
"This has been the middle-tier label in the past. The 2017 vintage was estate-grown and matured for 10 months in French oak casks. Deep ruby, it's a classy young red, graceful, sweet-fruited and generous, with cherry, plum and spice flavours, integrated oak and a very harmonious, structured finish. Best drinking 2021+."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 (93) Raymond Chan, August 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Dark, deep, ruby-red colour a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. The nose is softly concentrated and packed with ripe aromas of dark-red and black-berried fruits, melded with some notes of plums, along with dark herbs and some oak lift. Medium-bodied, the palate has a robust, juicy core with ripe dark-red and black fruits, along with notes of plums and spice, herbs and a little oak. The fruit richness is supported by fine-grained, savoury tannins with balanced acidity. The wine carries to a long and sustained finish of dark-red fruits. This is a rich and vibrant Pinot Noir with good depth of sweet berried fruit with plum and spice notes on a fine-textured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the ‘Home’ and ’McLeods’ vineyards, 46% Abel, 29% clone 6, 10% clone 5, 7% 777, 4% 13 and 4% 115. Fully destemmed and fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new French oak. 3,770 dozen made."