Named for Fromm winemaker Hätsch Kalberer, the Cuvée “H” is a considered blend from five of the Marlborough winery’s single vineyards. First released in 2017, this blend honours Kalberer’s 25 years at Fromm, and is considered the label’s flagship.
Fruit forward, with juicy red and blue berries, alongside red cherries, you will also enjoy a refreshing minerality and touch of herbs. The tannins are velvety, and balanced by a bracing acidity that lends to the impressive elegance of this Pinot.
This is a very strong follow-up to the inaugural 2015 release. Aromas of bright red cherries carry bright, spicy and lightly earthy nuances on the nose. Flavors of fresh red and black cherries are swathed in gently creamy baking-spice complexity. The tannins run smooth, fine and even. Drink or hold.
96 points, James Suckling (Nick Stock?) - October 2018)
Potent perfume runs with red cherry, just-ripe raspberry, new leather, some char/old spice cupboard scents, all up very pleasing. Light and fine in the palate, a swish of elegant, fine red berry fruit flavours, dusting of spice, gradually building pucker. Take time with this, it’s a beauty.
95 points, The Wine Front (September 2018)
The second vintage of a new label named after Fromm winemaker, Hätsch Kalberer. Taut, pure pinot noir with dark cherry, blackcurrant, violet and subtle herbal flavours supported by fine and integrated tannins. An impressive wine with a Fromm signature.
95 points, The Real Review (April 2018)
A blend of the single-vineyard sites, the 2016 Cuvee H Pinot Noir isn't as concentrated as the 2015, but it remains a serious drop of Pinot Noir. A hint of cedar accents maraschino cherries on the nose, followed by a medium-bodied wine of exceptional texture and purity. The silky tannins linger on the finish, mingling with red berries in an exciting fruity-savory tango.
91 points, Wine Advocate (March 2018)
MarlboroughArguably New Zealand’s most famous wine region owing to international demand for Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is also the largest wine producing region in the country, comprising 79% of New Zealand’s total wine production. Modern winemaking commenced in Marlborough in the 1970s and from tiny beginnings, the vineyard area has rapidly expanded now encompassing 23,600 hectares. Marlborough is located on the east coast of the South Island, with mountains to the west creating a rain shadow, making it one of the driest and sunniest regions in New Zealand. There are three sub regions in Marlborough, the largest being the Wairau Valley, where most plantings are concentrated on free draining alluvial soils. Viticulture has also spread to the cooler Awatere Valley, also on free draining stony loams and vineyards are also situated in the cooler southern valleys with its silt, gravel and clay soils. The soils across all three regions all have relatively low fertility to help curb the vigour of Sauvignon Blanc vines that dominate Marlborough. Although the region built its reputation on crisp, distinctively pungent unoaked Sauvignon Blanc, there is an increasing trend towards more complex barrel-ferment styles. Light-bodied, fruit driven Pinot Noir is also successful.