A singular parcel expression, hewn of low yielding grapes from the steepest section of the Estate. Meagre soils and concentrated fruit, hand in hand with this equation. Moreover, no irrigation is used. The dynamic is one of struggle and purity. Think darker fruits scents, exotic spice, Hoisin sauce, smoked meats and lacquered duck, all embellished with some whole-bunch briar. Lithe and firm corseting tannins, the trademark.
Rich, ripe and concentrated pinot noir, with intense floral, dark berry, plum, spice and nutty oak flavours. Deliciously textural wine with fine, peppery tannins promoting a dry finish. A complex wine with obvious cellaring potential.
96 points, The Real Review (July 2019)
An abstemiously cropped, dry-grown site mottled by a good douse of whole bunches in the ferment, imparting a potpourri of spice: cardamon, tamarind and clove. Plenty of sous bois forestry notes, too. Dark cherry, otherwise. A firm weave of savoury tannins is spooled from fore to aft, galvanising the whole. Dutifully fresh. A nourishing wine that boasts a sappy Pinosity melded to an almost Nebbbiolo-like architecture. Skinsy and very dry. I would drink this on the earlier side from here on to salvage the fruit.
93 points (August 2020)
While the online tech sheet claims only older oak is used in Mountford's 2015 The Rise Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, vanilla and cedar notes play a prominent role here. Dark fruit flavors and hints of espresso appear on the medium to full-bodied palate, framed by some dusty tannins that could use another year or two of bottle age. Chunky and muscular, it could gain elegance with time in the cellar.
91+ points, Wine Advocate (April 2020)
<p>Koyama Mountford was planted in 1991 on an enviable calcareous scree embedded in the northwestern face of the eastern Waipara Valley. A substrata of marl brimming with plentiful active limestone, it is known as ‘The Golden Mile’. This is the soil type on which Chardonnay and Pinot Noir excel. A geological foundation seldom found in the antipodes, limestone imparts a structural carapace while infusing the Mountford wines with a signature mineral force. Be it the resinous expressions of Chardonnay, or densely layered Pinot Noir, an apogee of complexity reached with the single vineyard expressions, the Mountford wines have long struck a chord with even the most devout Burgundy lovers.</p>
<p>Success is due as much to a propitious confluence of site and meticulous attention to detail, as it is to a savvy succession plan.</p>
<p>Crafted by CP Lin since inception, a maker well versed in the magic of Burgundy, the cultish renown of the Mountford style continues to evince authority while exhibiting an even more refined cut-glass precision, since his retirement.</p>
<p>It was then only fitting that the head winemaker role be bequeathed to his assistant, Takahiro Koyama. Koyama sought investment from top wine collectors in the world’s most venerable and demanding market for Burgundy. Where else, but for Japan! These collectors were as smitten by the Mountford track record as the world’s top buyers and critics remain spell-bound.</p>
<p>In 2017 Koyama purchased the estate to complement his eponymous label. Today both Koyama and Koyama Mountford benefit from this superlative site, Koyama’s winemaking nous, a dedicated posse of well versed backers and unparalleled Japanese precision.</p>