This six pack demonstrates the virtue of patience through the lens of New Zealand’s great wine regions, encompassing Central Otago, Marlborough, and more. The bottle age is big, and the names are, too.
Contains one bottle each of the following:
Foxes Island Pinot Noir 2012
Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014
Mishas Verismo Pinot Noir 2011
Fromm Winery Fromm Vineyard Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2014
Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Koyama Mountford Pinot Noir 2013
”Fresh, lively, complex and youthful bouquet of ripe red berry fruits - quite concentrated; new and not so new oak with spice and gentle vanilla scents; a distinctive and haunting core, an echo of something - the vineyard, the moment, the vintage. On the palate - vibrant, tense, dry and complex and equally alluring as the bouquet; flavours of light red fruits, sweet rose and red apple skin; very fine yet concentrated tannins; plenty of acidity and loads of charm and elegance. The cadence then finish of this wine are delightful. Decant for service; will mature for 10 years or more.”
96 Points, Cameron Douglas
"This is an engaging and impressively complex pinot noir. The bouquet shows dark berry, espresso, aged meat and floral notes with nuances of dried herb and clove. The palate is concentrated and weighty, while remaining elegant and flowing, beautifully framed by fine tannins in abundance, providing awesome structure and length to this formidable pinot. At its best: now to 2022."
96 Points, Wine Orbit
"Fragrant, aromatic pinot noir with plum, black cherry and dark berry flavours, anise, wood smoke and spicy oak flavours. Moderately dense, medium-bodied wine, with a firm backbone of fine tannins. Good now but with potential to improve significantly with bottle age"
94 Points, Bob Campbell
"Made from grapes grown in the Southern Valley, this is a beautifully styled pinot; the inviting bouquet shows dark cherry, smoked game, clove, cedar and violet characters, followed by a refined palate that is filled with attractive fruit intensity and seductive savoury complexity. The wine is harmonious and flowing, and finishes superbly long and silky. At its best: now to 2020."
95 Points, Sam Kim
"An elegant pinot noir with gentle cherry, violet, raspberry and spicy oak flavours. Light in colour but not lacking power, as evidenced by its lengthy finish. Lovely purity. An ethereal wine that is a delight to drink now but will age well."
95 Points, Bob Campbell
"A pinot designed to evolve gradually and gracefully, this is elegantly expressed on the nose displaying red/black cherry, game, truffle and floral characters. The palate is concentrated and finely textured with delicate fruit intensity, wonderfully structured by plenty of polished tannins. Refined and stylish, and superbly long on the finish. At its best: 2017 to 2024."
95 Points, Wine Orbit
"Dense, ripe pinot noir with plum, liquorice, anise, spice and wood smoke flavours. Very typical Bendigo flavour profile, but with a better texture than many. Will certainly benefit from bottle age but offers good drinking now."
95 Points, Bob Campbell
"Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with slight black and purple hues. The nose is well-proportioned with tight and densely packed aromas of black berried and dark-red berry fruit, along with notes of liquorice, savoury herb and whole bunch stalk elements, iron-earth and black minerals. The nose is reserved and brooding. Medium-full bodied, the palate is full and concentrated with powerful and deep flavours of dark-red and black berried fruits entwined with liquorice, dark herbs, earth and black mineral nuances. The fruit is encased by significant tannin structure, the textures fine and flowery. The extraction grows in prominence, lending considerable mouthfeel and presence. Integrated acidity underlines the palate, and the flavours show restraint on the long, concentrated finish which reveals iron-earth and mineral nuances. This is a powerfully concentrated, brooding, black-fruited Pinot Noir with liquorice and mineral notes, and plenty of structure and grip."
19 Points, Raymond Chan