Given winemaker Ben Glover's interest in Pinot Noir (he was the chair of Pinot Noir NZ 2017) it is no surprise that the quality level of his Zephyr Pinot Noir is very good. As we often take pains to point out, Marlborough Pinot Noir as a whole has improved markedly over the past few years and this, combined with better economies of scale, makes the wines a great value proposition. This wine is a classic case in point. From a densely planted hillside site in the Southern Valleys, this has a good combination of wild berry/cherry flavours and earthy, savouriness. Medium bodied with quite bright flavours, crunchy herbal notes. A easy drinking Pinot Noir with some complexity.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Nose | cherries | vibrant | lifted | woven | engaging
Palate | lively fruits | supple | focused | tension | seamless | lingering | silken | dancing
Tells its story at home, proud, unassuming, supple, subtle, quiet achiever. Delivers clarity to a confusing space – perfume, tension, sinew, length, and above all its willingness to share its talent and class!"
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"The finely poised, youthful 2018 vintage was hand-picked at two sites in the Southern Valleys. Ruby-hued, it is sweet-fruited and supple, with generous, cherryish, spicy flavours, nutty, savoury notes adding complexity, and a very harmonious, lingering finish. Best drinking 2021+."
Reviews for the 2016 vintage below…
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, October 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"A bouquet of Pinosity with aromas of rose, plum, red berry fruits and soft oak fragrances; dry stone mineral layer, gentle layer of oak spice and wood. On the palate – lovely core of ripe red berry fruits with cherry and raspberry then red apple and plum; mineral note returns, fine tannins and acidity to match, lengthy, balanced and well-made example. Drink now and through 2025."
92/100 Jamie Goode, March 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Rawhiri vineyard. Some whole bunch. Juicy and lively with nice spicy framing. Has a lovely sour cherry edge and some savoury chalkiness, as well as supple berry fruits. Vibrant with some nice structure and well integrated greenness. Supple and balanced with elegance and drinkability, but also a bit of grunt."