92/100, International Wine Competition (London)
Fine Wines of New Zealand 2020
Classic Wine of New Zealand - Michael Cooper
Top Wineries of New Zealand 2019, 2020 & 2021 - The Real Review
Bob Campbell MW – The Real Review - 95/100
Hottest vintage on record has produced a fruity and accessible pinot noir with ripe cherry, plum and raspberry flavours laced with spice and supported by French oak. Soft, fruity acidity provides a welcome backbone. Lovely purity and energy. Should age well. June 2020.
Cameron Douglas MS - 96/100
Grown on one of the world’s most southerly Pinot Noir vineyard sites this tiny 7.8 hectare vineyard produces exceptional wine. Since the company was formed in 2001 Phil Handford and the winemaking team have established a world class brand. Pip Battley leads the winemaking team. This Pinot displays a floral, feminine charm, an elegant bouquet, core of fruit and incredible texture. Youthful yet fine, ripe tannins, pristine acidity and long complex finish. April 2020.
Rebecca Gibb MW – Vinous
Attractive aromatics with lots of floral, black cherry, blackberry and herbs. The palate is richer than the pretty nose would have you believe, filling the mouth with its supple aromatics. It's ripe, round and warming, with ripe, gentle acidity reflecting the warmer season. Well-integrated cedar notes derive from maturation in French oak barrels (circa. 30% new). Already approachable in youth; I'd suggest drinking this supple 2018 before the cooler, tighter 2017.
Michael Cooper -NZ Wine Buyers Guide. Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Estate-grown in Alexandra, this is typically a top buy. From vines planted in 2003, the graceful 2018 vintage (4.5*) was hand-picked and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (29 per cent new). Bright ruby, it is fragrant, savoury and supple, with youthful, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing good complexity, and a very harmonious finish.