FROMM have always loved Pinot Noir and showed both faith and foresight that it could thrive in Marlborough, planting Pinot vines in 1990. Their first attempt at the variety validated this belief with International success and acclaim and consequently helped put both Fromm and Marlborough on the international Pinot Noir map. From here the region''s Pinot industry bloomed and is now easily New Zealand's largest Pinot Noir producing area. Fromm, though, has remained staunchly boutique choosing to produce no more than 7,000 cases a year. With a quality without compromise attitude Fromm also makes fine examples of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Syrah and Rosa. All the wines are certified organic through BioGro.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
This is totally charming and irresistibly delicious. Plump, fleshy and succulent, the wine exhibits red/black cherry, blueberry compote, floral, cedar and fragrant spice characters on the nose with a hint of dried herb complexity. It is mouthfilling and velvety on the palate with fabulous fruit purity and richness within a classic structure provided by an abundance of polished tannins. Multi-layered and symphonic, a glorious expression combining fruits from five single vineyards. At its best: 2019 to 2028. $65.00. Certified organic. www.frommwinery.co.nz.
This is a very strong follow-up to the inaugural 2015 release. Aromas of bright red cherries carry bright, spicy and lightly earthy nuances on the nose. Flavors of fresh red and black cherries are swathed in gently creamy baking-spice complexity. The tannins run smooth, fine and even. Drink or hold.
BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW
The second vintage of a new label named after Fromm winemaker, Hätsch Kalberer. Taut, pure pinot noir with dark cherry, blackcurrant, violet and subtle herbal flavours supported by fine and integrated tannins. An impressive wine with a Fromm signature.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Potent perfume runs with red cherry, just-ripe raspberry, new leather, some char/old spice cupboard scents, all up very pleasing. Light and fine in the palate, a swish of elegant, fine red berry fruit flavours, dusting of spice, gradually building pucker. Take time with this, it’s a beauty.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
A blend of the single-vineyard sites, the 2016 Cuvee H Pinot Noir isn't as concentrated as the 2015, but it remains a serious drop of Pinot Noir. A hint of cedar accents maraschino cherries on the nose, followed by a medium-bodied wine of exceptional texture and purity. The silky tannins linger on the finish, mingling with red berries in an exciting fruity-savory tango.