Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"The wine shows attractive brambly, blackberry-like ripe fruits along with spicy and exotic complexity. The palate is rich and textural with salivating soft tannins. Licorice, chocolate and sarsaparilla flavours linger on the finish. This wine will age extremely well for at least five years but equally can be drunk in its youth."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"This is magnificently expressed on the nose, showing Black Doris plum, mulberry, spicy oak and warm spice notes with a touch of floral. The palate delivers excellent weight and roundness, wonderfully complemented by rich fruit intensity and velvety mouthfeel. Superbly structured by loads of fine tannins, finishing impressively long and silky. At its best: now to 2029."
Metro Magazine Top 50 Wines for 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Tempranillo is a Spanish import, rarely seen on our shores, and more readily associated with the wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero. It’s a shame there isn’t more of it around (it can be found as far south as the Wairarapa, though)as its fruity, sometimes rustic charm is hugely underappreciated. The grape gives aromas from raspberry to tobacco leaf, and while there are broody notes of this on the nose, it’s the palate that really works on this wine, showing a very supple structure. Weir and Martinisi noted the dark fruits and tannic but beguiling mouthfeel."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 (93/100) Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Reviews, January 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Deep, ruby-black with little transparency, lighter ruby-red edged. The nose is gently full with mealy nuances of smoke meat, olives and cedar, underlying blackberries, bramble fruit notes and an amalgam of spice. Full-bodied, the nuances have a savour tone, kalamata olives melded with blackberries, bramble, black liquorice haul along with warm spices and cedar. The mouthfeel is full, filled with fine-grained tannin with a good grip, leaves the palate coated in fine dusty tannin. The fruit is with concentration and intensity, supported by lively acidity to a lingering closing. This is a robust, savoury nuanced tempranillo with good concentration on a refined dusty tannin palate. Match with South American meat grill and empanadas over the next 6+ years. Fermented to 14% alc, aged in barriques for 16 months."