Lovely complex bouquet with herbal nuances uppermost, the palate sweet of fruit, lush and delicious. A succulent pinot. Soft tannins, great flavour and balance, silky and gorgeous, the sweet fruit more than countering the firm tannins on the finish and after-palate.
95 points, Huon Hooke (January 2019)
Opens with beautiful aromas of lavender, clary sage and violet. Refined and detailed, with velvety tannins adding some appealing traction to the core of raspberry and black cherry. Everything comes together with tremendous harmony on the long, generous finish.
95 points, MaryAnn Woobiec, Wine Spectator (May 2017)
This has performed very well in 2015 with red cherries, boysenberries and blueberries amid a swathe of sappy forest and bracken notes. Subtle toasty oak here too. The palate is full and fleshy, packed with rich red and dark cherry and cocoa powder flavors. Tannins clasp the finish neatly with nicely judged structure and grip.
94 points, Nick Stock (December 2017)
Bright, fresh pinot noir with delicate cherry, thyme, violet, plum and spicy oak flavours. Youthful and needing time to integrate and develop both oak and fruit, although the wine is certainly very approachable now.
93 points, Bob Campbell MW (April 2017)
Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2015 The Fusilier Pinot Noir has an earthy nose with notes of underbrush, loam, fungi and moss over a core of cranberries and red currants. Medium-bodied, it fills the palate with complex earthy/meaty flavors supported by a solid backbone, finishing long and chewy.
92 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (December 2016)
Bannockburn. Light crimson. Well-mannered nose and masses of fruit spread over the palate and then some quite tight briariness on the finish. A creditable whole that seems quite open though there are some well-polished tannins.
16.5 points, Jancis Robinson (February 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.