"Full, dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is concentrated and well-packed with dense aromas of ripe black berry and cherry fruit infused with black minerals, liquorice and nuances of tar, unfolding black plum, spices and nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, this features a tightly concentrated heart of sweetly ripe black berried fruits melded with minerals, iron-earth and liquorice. The depth of fruit is enhanced by a fine line of tannin at the core. Fruit sweetness, supple textures and fresh acid poise lend considerable palate presence, and the wine flows with vibrancy and lusciousness, leading to a very long and sustained, plush and sweet-fruited finish with mineral and nutty oak elements. This is a rich, vibrant, finely concentrated black-fruited Pinot Noir with mineral and nutty layers. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-7+ years. Clones 5, 6, 113, 115, 667, 777 and Abel, hand-picked from the home Hinakura Road vineyard, partially wild yeast fermented to 14.0 % alc., the wine spending 27 days on skins and aged 11 months in 16% new French oak equivalence. A barrel selection resulting in 210 cases bottled." 18.5/20 Raymond Chan
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.