Dense, rich pinot noir with sweet plum, dark berry, floral, violet, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. Intense, flavoursome wine that is deliciously accessible now but has a promising future. The wine has a perfect balance of fruit sweetness and ripe tannins. It is long and layered with impressive complexity.
98 points, The Real Review (October 2017)
Classic Martinborough Pinot here, with the dried roses, thyme and dried herbs, cherry and blackberry, and sweetly spiced smoky caramel scented oak. Medium bodied, cool acidity, firm fine-grained tannin with spice and savoury ashen whole bunch complexity, cherry and rose oil perfume, intense and very long, with emery tannin trailing in the aftertaste.
95+ points, The Wine Front
Medium brick-red colour with a savoury, earthy, foresty bouquet, which shows considerable oak and the beginnings of developed maturity. Intense, powerful, structured and firm.
94 points, The Real Review (January 2019)
A terrific follow-up to the outstanding 2014, this has a neat interplay of power and silky elegance that gets to the core of great pinot noir. Plenty of brambly and spicy ripe red cherries and plums, then there's a silky flow of tannins that builds and expands in impressive style. An extremely smart pinot noir. Drink now and for some years to come.
94 points, jamessuckling.com (December 2017)
Clean compost, vanilla and plum all appear on the nose of the top-of-the-line 2015 Pinot Noir Aroha. It's medium to full-bodied, with big fruit—black cherries, plums, cola—and copious silky tannins. Not made in a huge, blockbuster style, it still makes an impression for its combination of approachability and complexity. It should make for exciting drinking over the next decade.
93 points, Wine Advocate (March 2018)
MartinboroughMartinborough is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is the island’s driest area, due to the rain shadow created by the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. The district is prone to spring frosts, with wind machines employed throughout the area to protect young vines from frost damage. Martinborough’s climate is cool with some maritime influence and the region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in New Zealand. There is significant diurnal variation, excellent for preserving aromatics and acidity and the naturally breezy conditions help to curb vine vigour, resulting in low yields of grapes with great intensity and flavor concentration. Over time, the river which runs through the region, has carved out cliffs and escarpments to expose stony sub-soils, helping to create the premium vineyard site of ‘Martinborough Terrace’ built over layers of alluvial river terraces. Martinborough has significant plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling but is best known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir sought the world over.