Bob Campbell MW – The Real Review 95/100
Delicately-scented pinot noir with purity and power. It's a good example of the fine, tight and often miner-laced styles found in the Alexandra Basin. An elegant wine that is a confident expression of place. May 2018.
The Real Review Certificate of Excellence and a place in the Top Wineries of New Zealand 2018.
Michael Cooper – Michael Cooper’s Wine Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines 5 Stars
Estate-grown in Alexandra, this is typically a wonderful buy. From vines planted in 2003, the 2016 vintage (5*) was fermented partly with indigenous yeasts and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (29 per cent new). Bright ruby, with a richly perfumed bouquet, it is mouthfilling, with concentrated cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, complex and savoury. Already delicious, it's also well worth cellaring; open 2019+.
Classic Wine of New Zealand, Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2018
Raymond Chan – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 19.0/20
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is full and softly voluminous with bright and vibrant primary aromas of dark-red cherry and dark plum fruit entwined with violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. This combines youthful richness, ripeness and fragrance. Medium-bodied, the palate is bright, juicy, sweetly rich with vibrant and lively aromatic fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruit, with nuances of black fruits and dark-red plums, layered with subtle notes of violet florals and hints of thyme herb. The palate has mouthfilling fruit supported by supple tannin extraction, lending a rounded structure, with soft, balanced acidity. This has a fine core with excellent linearity, and the wine carries to long and sweet-fruited finish unveiling liquorice elements. This is a rich, plush, juicy and vibrant Pinot Noir with succulent dark berry and plum flavours with violet florals on a supple palate with a fine heart. Match with duck and pork, and beef and lamb dishes over the next 6 years. Clones 5, 777, 114, 115, Abel and 667, the fruit fully destemmed and fermented to 13.3% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 29% new French oak barriques. Apr 2018
Cameron Douglas MW – 93/100
Complex, ripe, varietal and significant bouquet with dark cherry and ripe wild raspberry aromas; a wild dry herb layer and measured barrel input. Dry on the palate with a very youthful grip with firm tannins and plenty of acidity - these ease to reveal ripe fruit flavours and a dried herb and wild thyme finish. Youthful with great potential. Best from 2019 through 2026. One for the cellar. Feb 2018
Cuisine Wine Magazine
Crafted by the practised Pete Bartle, this Alexandra-grown pinot is poised, pure and vibrant. It flows with elegance and discipline, berryfruit and a touch of anise evident. “Well presented, with energy and panache” notes John Belsham. A bright, user-friendly style.