This wine gives ‘the most complete picture of the farm’. Mature vines from each block. Blocks fermented separately and first winter in barrel. 25–40% whole bunch... Bright cherry red. Delicate rocky/mineral aroma and plenty of dusty dark-red fruit. Wild herbs but not thyme. So fragrant. On the palate, that rocky dark-red fruit perfectly mirrored. Very fine texture. Coming back to taste this again after the two single-block 2014s, this seems a little more delicate. The tannins finer and more supple. Very elegant and refined. Tinker’s Block has more mass but this has more elegance. Drink 2019-2028.
18/20 points, jancisrobinson.com, August 2018.
A minerally and savory nose with dark stony aromas and deep set spices with dark plum and cherry fruit. There is an entrancing complexity and a graphite-like edge. The palate has a fleshy and supple texture with a fluid, even and deep feel to it. Very fresh deep plum and dark cherry flavors. Fleshy and very resolved. Detailed and long.
94 points, Nick Stock (November 2017)
Aromatic up front, featuring white pepper and clary sage accents to the raspberry and cherry flavors. Bright and juicy, with fresh herb, earth and black tea notes. Offers firming tannins and a hint of dried rosemary on the finish.
91 points, MaryAnn Woobiec, Wine Spectator (August 2017)
Central Otago, located at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand, is the world’s most southerly wine region. In a short amount of time, the area has established itself as a world-class region for Pinot Noir. The picturesque region is surrounded by mountains ensuring a cool semi-continental climate that experiences a large diurnal range contributing to the creation of intensely concentrated wines with perfume, and complexity. Central Otago’s vineyard area is divided into six distinct sub regions each with their own climate and wine style. Best known for producing intensely Fruity medium to full bodied Pinot Noir, Central Otago’s cool climate also produces outstanding Riesling as well as superb bottle-fermented Sparkling wines.