'Pure, vibrant, high energy Pinot Noir with mineral, red cherry, violet and subtle earthy/savoury, wild herb characters. Powerful wine - long and linear with a fine-grained tannic structure.' 95 points, Bob Campbell
Even ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is very fine and elegantly concentrated with black cherry fruit, lifted violet perfumes and fresh, aromatic herbs... Subtle whole bunch savoury, stalky perfumes unfold with nuances of soy sauce, smoke and dried herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with tightly bound black cherry fruit infused with aromatic herbs, revealing complex stalky whole bunch flavours. The fruit is sweetly luscious and gently succulent, balanced by very fine-grained tannin extraction. This has supple textures, and the mouthfeel is lively and vibrant with excellent lacy acidity. The wine has linearity and flows with tension and energy leading to a long and sustained finish of black cherries and herbs. This is an elegant, sweet and succulent, black cherry fruited Pinot Noir with vitality and very fine structure... Clones 5 and 115, from vines planted in 2001, fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.2% a/v, with a cuvaison of 22 days, the wine aged 11 months in 34% new French oak. 355 dozen made. 19/20 points.
Mmm, get this in ya. From Waitaki and smelling all serious and dusty, all earthy, all brambly, all like wet-slate-minerality and a grunt of dark cherry – such a good stink. Luscious texture but light and fresh, trimmed with fine, herb-lit tannins, brilliant in vitality of acidity, gently sweet-sour throughout. Primary in focus, but all about the fine detail and drinkability. Light, tight, lifted, tangy – yum. Drink to 2024. 94 points, WineFront (10/2014).
So very beautiful to drink. Silky, light, fresh, oyster shell mineral vein, ultra-crisp, just-ripe fruit characters. Mouthwatering, delicate, unadorned and pure. Vibrant energetic feel in the palate too. This is just getting better and better. Winegrowing-making on the edge. Pushing 95+ points, WineFront (8/2015).