Delicately scented pinot noir with cherry, berry, spice and smoky oak flavours. Reasonably light wine but with good fruit weight and power. A supple wine offering good value at this price. 90 points, The Real Review.
Light, bright crimson; a beautifully fragrant wine, the use of 30% whole bunches a master stroke for a supremely elegant and pure red-berried pinot strongly reminiscent of Volnay, Burgundy, which has transformed itself over the past 12 months. 96 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion (6/2017).
This Pinot is a firm and consistent favourite among Langton’s customers. It's technically Nga Waka’s second string wine -– but the 2015 is, as usual, first class all the way, with plummy, spicy fruit plus a concentration and depth of flavour not often found at this price. It's Martinborough Pinot Noir with substance – richly flavoured, lush and velvety, with spice, cherry and earth notes. There’s an initial burst of fresh berry fruit, but then comes the structure and the underlying savouriness that signal a wine of style and quality. (Langton's)
This Gippsland vineyard clearly grows good pinot noir. The complexity is there. It just needs time to build and grow and mature. Spices, beetroot, rhubarb, sweet cherries, orange peel and cranberry. If you cast a wide net you’ll reel in a wide variety of flavours and scents. Plenty of tang. Assorted goings on. It’s like flicking through a pinot diary. 91+ points, Campbell Mattinson, WineFront.
Produced by François Labet (of Clos de Vougeot's Chateau de la Tour), this vibrant Mediterranean 'Burgundy' oozes personality. Labet has a holiday house in Corsica and came to love the island's rocky terroir. He also recognised that Pinot Noir could work in more elevated sites and worked with a local vigneron and friend to produce a Corsican Pinot. The vineyard is on the east coast of Corsica's Haute-Corse department at 400m, above the town of Ghisonaccia. Labet de-stems the fruit and after fermentation the wine is transferred to second-use oak barrels for 12 months maturation before bottling, without filtration, under screwcap. Ile de Beaute is both classic Pinot and at the same time offers a twist of something clearly Mediterranean. Its personality is equal parts French Pinot Noir (dark cherry, inky, floral), Mediterranean (spicy, earthy) and even Alpine (refreshing, tangy and medium bodied).
Complex bouquet with savoury ripe fruit, dried herb and stony mineral combination, soft smoky toasty oak moments. Equally impressive on the palate with fine, silky tannins. Drink 2016-2020. 92 points, Cameron Douglas, Decanter (UK).
The wine shows gorgeous fruit purity combined with elegant savoury complexity, exhibiting red cherry, raspberry and floral with nuances of spice and mushroom. It is juicy and lively on the palate, and shows silky texture and rounded mouthfeel, leading to an impressively long, elegant finish. Lovely poise and balance, and immediately appealing. 92 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (NZ).
Earthy cast, almost beetroot, lot of herbal characters and flowers, dark cherry, mineral inflection. Medium bodied, plenty of flavour, powdery tannin, sappy and herbal, but also ripe and good to drink... Comes thoroughly recommended. 90 points, Gary Walsh, WineFront.