"Very sexy and curvaceous but not at all heavy this is another great 'Aroha'."
18.5+ points, Matthew Jules
Rich, concentrated, mouth-filling pinot noir in a ripe style with dark-fleshed plum, dark berry, spicy oak, liquorice, a hint of violet and subtle Christmas cake and dried fruit characters. A seductively-textured, almost sumptuous wine.
96 points, The Real Review (July 2018)
The flagship pinot noir at Craggy Range, this has a fresh, brambly array of ripe red-cherry, raspberry and blueberry aromas with an impressively deep and long palate. Ripe black-cherry, chocolate and baking-spice flavors hold long, as this freshens and expands through the finish.
94 points, jamessuckling.com (October 2018)
While this wine used to include only the Abel Clone from Block 16, it now includes some Clone 115 for its red fruit and perfume. The 2016 Aroha Pinot Noir delivers a sexy combination of red raspberry and black cherry-cola fruit, outlined by dried spices and a seamless, silky texture. It's medium to full-bodied, with an expansive but elegant mid-palate and a focused, richly layered finish. Just lovely stuff.
93 points, Wine Advocate (March 2019)
Earthy-lavish oak perfume with red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate red fruit characters. Savoury, pleasing start. Sour-sweet flavours, good poise and precision in texture, sleek and long in the palate. A touch of stewed fruit character creeps in, a beefiness below the elegance. Business lunch pinot with hearty oak. Should cellar well.
92 points, The Wine Front (September 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.