Explore NZ Pinot with the limestone-rich terroir driven wines from Takahiro Koyama, the John Martin Reserve from Martinborough’s historic Te Kairanga and the winery-aged Foxes Island wines from John Belsham. This survey of premium Kiwi Pinot succinctly backs-up up James Halliday’s assertion that the country ‘has unlimited potential for the production of world-class Pinot Noir.’
In this mixed half-dozen selection, you will find one bottle of each of the following:
Te Kairanga John Martin Reserve Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2017
Misha’s VIneyard The High Note Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2016
Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir Martinborough 2016
Prophet’s Rock Wines Rocky Point Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2018
Foxes Island Belsham Awatere Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2012
Koyama Pinot Noir Waipara 2017
"Last year our Best in Show Kiwi Pinot Noir came from Bannockburn in Central Otago; this year the laurels go to the North Island, with this stylish and deftly crafted example from Martinborough. It's a powerfully aromatic wine, with lots of ripe raspberry and mulberry scents lifting from the glass, ballasted by something a little sappier and firmer, almost tarry. On the palate, those raspberry fruits prove deep, long and sustained, rippling with energy from the wine's ripe acidity. The tannins are light, fine and soft: a graceful counterpart to the fruit."
97 points + Best in Show, Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
"Very attractive aromas of dried flowers and red cherries here. Leaves, too. This is complex and full of interest. The palate has a suave and succulent feel with very attractive, fine tannin and a sleek, chalky and gently crunchy feel. Deep, strong and quite structured finish. Great value."
93 points, jamessuckling.com (October 2019)
"It is fabulously fruited and gorgeously expressed on the nose showing Black Doris plum, cherry, violet and toasted nut aromas, leading to a succulent palate that is wonderfully weighted and flavoursome. The wine offers terrific fruit purity and vibrancy, as well as elegance and structure, finishing long and silky."
93 Points, Wine Orbit (July 2019)
"Perfumed pinot noir with floral, violet, black cherry, thyme, spice and classy oak flavours. Impressively pure wine with a silken texture and lingering finish. A very appealing and accessible pinot."
95 points, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review/Gourmet Traveller WINE
"Delicious pinot noir with a tantalising mix of floral, violet, dark-fleshed plum, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. A rich creamy-textured wine, with an impeccable balance between fruit sweetness, fine tannins and fruity acidity."
96 points, The Real Review (August 2019)
"Lovely ripe red cherry, dark plum and raspberry perfume with a note of cinnamon and smoke. There’s good texture here and some layers of complexity running from savoury to violet. Fresh and elegant."
95 points + Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
"Complex, fragrant and seductive, the magnificently expressed bouquet shows dark berry, game, truffle, floral and hazelnut aromas, followed by a concentrated palate that is elegant and refined. The wine displays wonderful harmony and multi-layered mouthfeel, superbly complemented by fine texture and seamlessly integrated tannins. Lovely flow and persistence. At its best: now to 2026. Sept 2018."
95 Points, Wine Orbit
"As with many of the previous vintages of The High Note this is complex, tense, poised and youthful. The bouquet is slow to reveal its many layers - so decanting is needed if you intend to try this wine before 2022. After quite some time in glass the aromas then flavours begin to release: red apple skin with raspberry, cherry with rose and plum then wood spice with mineral. Toasty, lightly smoky oak with plenty of flavour & presence. Altogether a wine with great potential - an abundance of tannins and acidity to match, a focus and concentration of flavour and texture & a lengthy dry finish. A truly lovely wine looking to be a quiet dark cellar till at least 2022 & easily through to 2030."
96 Points, Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier