- Silver - Sommelier Wine Awards 2010
Beautifully fresh and focused floral dark cherry fruit nose. The palate has a hint of meatiness and some nice spicy structure. Textured and complex but still has freshness: real potential for development.
Very bright dark cherry red. Sweet and broad and with a hint of burly toast and buckwheat. Obviously quite a ripe year. Attractive violet notes on the finish.
Best New Zealand Pinot Noir
Like a tiny piece of Vosne-Romanée came to Martinborough; light fragrant notes, fresh rose petals, a dusting of sweet spices and super-pure cherry fruits waft around the glass in regal formation. The palate is deliciously capricious at this young stage, for the first impression is of lightness and sheer elegance; it falls on the palate with feather-like impact then builds, and builds, and builds. It layers fine pastry-like sheets of tannin and arrives at a fine crescendo of flavour and pure pinot noir, leaving a comet-like trail in its wake. This is impeccably crafted; fine; powerful and truly worthy of grand cru status.
The most revered, respected producer in the country. For a wine to seem like it is standing still on top of the pile means that the winemaker and viticulturist are improving and fine tuning every element of its production every vintage.
'NZ's Top 20
I love the mix of bright cherry and dark-fleshed plum flavours with violet floral characters that mark it as a very classy Pinot Noir indeed. It's a serious wine in an elegant style with good development potential.
Wine Business Monthly
New Zealand`s greatest and most consistent Pinot.