We are very privileged to be able to offer you this very limited release wine from Te Whare Ra off Marlborough's famed Clayvin Vineyard. The reviews say it all…
Winery Notes (2016 Vintage)
"This is our first release of a Pinot Noir we have made from the esteemed Clayvin vineyard, and we have labelled it under our SV5096 designation which recognises it’s organic certification and it’s special status as one of our SV wines. We feel very privileged to be allowed to have some fruit from this very special part of Marlborough’s history. The Clayvin vineyard was first established by the Eaton family in 1991 and was the first significant hillside vineyard in Marlborough. It is now under the careful custodianship of the Giesen family and is fully certified organic with BioGro NZ.
This SV5096 release will sit alongside our SV5182 wines from our home block to showcase what we can do with Pinot Noir from these two very special Pinot sites. We feel that this 2016 release showcases the best expression of the Clayvin site and the stellar quality of Pinot Noir from Marlborough in 2016.
This Pinot Noir exhibits a gorgeous perfumed fragrance of ripe raspberry and floral notes, with more brooding fruit and darker tones revealed underneath. The finely textured, silky tannins combine with vibrant flavours of ripe strawberries and omega plum with fantastic mid palate density. The palate carries onto more savoury and complex flavours and finishes with great line and length of finely grained supple tannin and well integrated oak. Bottled un-fined."
98/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2016 Vintage)
"Complex, enticing and exciting bouquet of Pinot Noir. Subtle layers of spices and smoky wood tones, dark cherry, dried raspberry, black tea and dark rose perfume. Delicious on the palate – full of texture and charm, a core of fruit and specific oak focus, delicately smokey and whispers of brown spice. Abundant fine tannins, medium+ acidity and long persistent finish. An excellent example from a fine producer. Cellar worthy with best drinking from 2022 through 2028+."
5 Stars, 97/100 & Number #1 Ranked Marlborough Pinot Noir, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, May 2019
"Hauntingly aromatic Pinot Noir with plum, black cherry, anise and spicy oak flavours. An absolute delight to taste a wine with such impressive power that’s delivered with great subtlety. It has an ethereal texture and very lengthy finish. A classy wine from an iconic Marlborough vineyard."
96/100 Jamie Goode (2016 Vintage)
"Dark, muscular and brooding but also with real beauty. Black cherries, plums and spice, with good structure and focus. Lots of ripe black fruit but also good structure and intensity, and good acidity. Still very youthful with density to it, but lots of potential. Thrilling wine with massive potential."
Matthew Jukes (2016 Vintage)
"The finest NZ Pinot Noir I have tasted in a long while. Epic work from a brilliant vineyard."
5 Stars & 97/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2016 Vintage)
"We are indeed blessed with the release of this latest rendition from one of the country’s best pinot vineyards. The bouquet shows heady fragrance of dark berry, sweet raspberry, olive, violet, cedar and subtle game aromas, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate that is concentrated and seamlessly flowing. The wine is wonderfully framed by fine, mouth-coating tannins, finishing extremely long and expansive. At its best: 2020 to 2028."