This is as good as any “standard” Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir I have seen. It’s a wine of sinew and balance, its herb notes and fruit flavours teaming beautifully. The Te Wahi, as good as it is, felt lumbering in comparison. This wine takes flight. It races and rolls, slips and satisfies. Dark cherries, both sweet and sour. A lick of spicy oak but only that. A bit of tension. A sense of seduction. Buy.
95 points, Campbell Mattinson (June 2016)
With plenty of rose-like perfumed aromas, this pinot is bursting with perfume, citrus peel, some sappy notes and attractive oak spices. Bright in the mouth and with tannins that are lithe and show plenty of flavor, elegance and balance.
92 points, James Suckling (October 2016)
This wine may be on the fleshy, supple side of the spectrum, but it remains grounded in savory spice and earth. Cola and baking spices end on a mouthwatering note.
90 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Spectator (October 2017)
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir has a very pretty, floral scented nose with notes of roses and violets over a core of cranberries, Bing cherries and pomegranate. Light to medium-bodied, the palate gives a wonderful intensity of perfumed red berries with just enough herbal and earthy lift, supported by finely grained tannins and harmonious acidity, finishing long. A great showing for Cloudy Bay!
92 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (December 2015)
Purple-tinted, medium to full red colour. Spicy, toasty, nutty aromas, cherry, too, slightly stewed, while the taste tracks the aroma closely, the tannins are fine and soft, contributing to a savoury finish...
90 points, Huon Hooke (August 2016)
MarlboroughArguably New Zealand’s most famous wine region owing to international demand for Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is also the largest wine producing region in the country, comprising 79% of New Zealand’s total wine production. Modern winemaking commenced in Marlborough in the 1970s and from tiny beginnings, the vineyard area has rapidly expanded now encompassing 23,600 hectares. Marlborough is located on the east coast of the South Island, with mountains to the west creating a rain shadow, making it one of the driest and sunniest regions in New Zealand. There are three sub regions in Marlborough, the largest being the Wairau Valley, where most plantings are concentrated on free draining alluvial soils. Viticulture has also spread to the cooler Awatere Valley, also on free draining stony loams and vineyards are also situated in the cooler southern valleys with its silt, gravel and clay soils. The soils across all three regions all have relatively low fertility to help curb the vigour of Sauvignon Blanc vines that dominate Marlborough. Although the region built its reputation on crisp, distinctively pungent unoaked Sauvignon Blanc, there is an increasing trend towards more complex barrel-ferment styles. Light-bodied, fruit driven Pinot Noir is also successful.