…tuck into the glorious, rich, sappy, leather and tobacco-leaf spiced 2015 First Paddock Pinot Noir. Jane McQuitty, The Times (UK)
…immensely seductive… elegant yet powerful at the same time… expands to a glorious finish.
…great intensity of complex, earthy/savoury flavours with a solid structure and excellent length. Bravo! 94+ points, The Wine Advocate.
…a densely-packed but elegant Pinot Noir with red cherry and savoury herb flavours on a vibrant, fine-grained palate. 18.5/20 points.
Elegant wine showing lovely purity and ethereal texture. Delicate cherry and raspberry flavours with spicy oak and a suggestion of fresh herbs. Charming wine with underlying power. Very impressive. The Real Review.
Pale ruby. Quite pungent with some undergrowth and autumn leaves on the nose. Light bodied and a very different from the regular blended bottling. Edgy, bone dry and strongly 'natural'. One for the Paris wine bars? I like it but it's far from mainstream.
17 points, Jancis Robinson (March 2016)
Plenty of structural emphasis here. This has an array of baking spices and wild herbs with wild cherry and red currant fruit aromas. The palate is firm and forthright with punchy acid drive as well as a web of bold tannins and vibrant red cherry fruit flavors. Finishes fresh and assertive.
93 points, Nick Stock (December 2017)
Dense, offering fleshy tannins and a smoky overtone to the dried cherry and pomegranate flavors. Crisp and vibrant, with sandalwood and cigar notes lingering on the finish.
91 points, MaryAnn Woobiec, Wine Spectator (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.