How good is this. Seductive, powerful, refined and opulent at the same time. Gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, truffle, cedar, dried herb and roasted beet lead to a concentrated palate that delivers layers of delicious flavours. It is richly textured and generously flavoured, while remaining elegant and poised, and finishes superbly long and velvety. Wonderfully expressive and hugely appealing. At its best now to 2024. 96 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
Hand-picked fruit; destemmed; fermented using both indigenous and cultured yeasts; aged 10 months in French oak barriques, 31% new. Even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, lighter on the edge. This has an elegant and harmoniously presented nose with seamless and ethereal aromas of dark red berry fruits entwined with dark red and violet florals, subtle thyme herbal elements, spices and oak toast suggestions. This is finely layered and detailed in its perfumes. Medium-full bodied, smooth, seamless and integrated flavours of dark red berry fruits are lifted by an array of red florals and complexed by subtle herbal layers. Spice, licorice and oak add to the interest. The fruit is softly rich and luscious, and flows effortlessly, supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction and a refined structure. The acidity is integrated and the balance of the wine is impeccable as it leads to an elegant, sweet and aromatic finish. This is an elegant and seamless Pinot Noir with harmonious dark red fruit, an array of floral and complex herbal layers and supple mouthfeel. 19/20 points, Raymond Chan (raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz).
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.