...dark purple in colour with purple hues. It shows dark fruit on the nose together with red raspberry fruit and hints of cola, leather and spice. Sweet, dark cherry fruit on the palate complement savoury notes together with tobacco, leather and smoky char. A mouth-filling wine with dense fine grained tannin and long mineral finish. 96 points, Gourmet Traveller WINE, Jan 2015.
58% Abel clone fruit from the Lowburn Ferry vineyard blended with 42% fruit from the Avalon vineyard, Queensberry, the Abel clone aged 10 months in 11% new French oak, the Avalon fruit in 18% new oak, and the wine fermented to 14% a/v. Full, very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is brash and bold with firm and intense aromas of ripe dark raspberry and boysenberry fruits intermixed with black plums, dark herbs and stalky elements. This has power and density to the aromatics. Medium-full bodied, bold and up-front flavours of dark raspberries plums, boysenberries and herbs are underlined by a firm, grainy tannin core and brisk, racy acidity. The mouthfeel is robust and vigorous, and the palate unfolds earth and game nuances with aeration. The structure and acidity carries the wine to a long, granular, dry-textured finish. This is a bold and firmly structured Pinot Noir with dark raspberry fruit and complexing herb and stalky flavours. At its best 2020-2022. ***** 18.5/20, Raymond Chan (raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz).