'Grown on north-facing slopes at Auntsfield, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the 2017 vintage is impressive. Matured for 10 months in French oak casks (28 per cent new), it is a powerful wine with bold, purple-flushed colour. Mouthfilling and very sweet-fruited, it is overflowing with ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, with good tannin backbone, and obvious cellaring potential; open 2021+'
5 Stars - Michael Cooper
'Deep-tinted pinot noir, with the seductive flavours of dark-fleshed plum, black cherry, liquorice, wood-smoke and spicy oak. Impressive depth and intensity with a rich, smooth texture. Delicious now, better later'
96 Points - Bob Campbell
1 of 82 wines selected for the exclusive Fine Wines of New Zealand List, compiled by leading wine experts to showcase New Zealand wines that go above and beyond in displaying consistent quality and distinction. (Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017).
Finalist - Fine Wines of New Zealand 2019
'Very full, dark purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in expression. This has a firmly packed and deep nose of vibrant and bright dark-red berry and plum-fruit subtly entwined with a core of dark herbs, unfolding hints of liquorice and spice. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich flavours of ripe dark-red and black-berried fruits harmoniously melded with plum notes. The fruit is plush and mouthfilling, and is supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction and grip. The acidity is soft and balanced. Notes of liquorice and herbs, along with spice unfold, as the wine carries to a soft, flavoursome finish. This is a sweetly rich dark-red and black berried and plummy Pinot Noir with spice and herb notes on a plush palate with supple structure. Match with duck and pork, or lamb and beef over the next 4+ years. Pinot Noir fruit hand-picked, destemmed and fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 28% new French oak barriques. '
18+/20 Points - Raymond Chan
'From their estate vineyard in the Southern Valleys, this is magnificently fruited and inviting on the nose showing black cherry, plum, toasted almond, olive and floral characters. The palate is concentrated and plush, displaying excellent weight and depth, backed by fine, polished tannins. Powerful yet poised and harmonious with a gorgeous flowing mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2024. '
95 Points - Sam Kim