A deeply spicy, earthy expression of Martinborough pinot noir, this offers up plenty of exotic cherry and spiced cola. The oak adds cinnamon and other baking spices, a musky, fragrant lift really sets it off, with sappy, foresty notes, too. The palate has assertive tannins, finely defined, gently drying and confidently expressed. A wine of profound structure, this is boldly appealing.
(96-97) points, James Suckling (October 2014)
Dense, rich, flavour-packed pinot noir with black-fleshed plum, spice, floral and a strong savoury, stemmy character that might derive from the use of 30% whole bunches in the fermentation. A complex and powerful wine with real cellaring potential.
96 points, Bob Campbell MW (August 2016)
Even ruby-red colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim with slight purple hues. This has a well-bound and finely concentrated, intense bouquet of dark-red berry and cherry fruits interwoven with subtle, savoury dried herb, earth, nutty and mineral complexities, unveiling nuances of spice, liquorice, and violet florals. The nose is still fresh, vibrant and lively, and just beginning to show secondary complexities. Medium-bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with deep and intense, tightly bound flavours of savoury dark red berry and cherry fruit complexed by subtle dried herb, herb and earthy layers. The palate has a refined grip, structure and linearity, with balanced, integrated acidity, and the textures carry the wine to a long, finely concentrated finish of savoury red berry and cherry fruit. This is a well-proportioned, tightly bound, fine-and seriously structured, savoury red-fruited Pinot Noir just beginning to show secondary complexities. Serve with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 6-8 years. The fourth release of a ‘McCrone’ vineyard Pinot Noir. Clones Abel, 5, 115 and 777 from the 2.43 ha ‘McCrone’ vineyard in Regent Street, vines planted 2001, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins up to 21 days and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak barriques.
18.5+ points, Raymond Chan (October 2016)
The 2013 McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from vines that were planted in 2002 to five different clones (Abel, UCD5, 115, 667, 777). It boasts scents of roses and cherries, is medium to full-bodied on the palate and has a supple, creamy texture, while a hint of mocha marks the long, velvety finish.
92 points, Joe Czerwinski (March 2019)
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.