Sam Kim – Wine Orbit – 94 points/5 stars
A beautifully maturing pinot with dried cherry, leather, earthy mushroom and dried herb nuances on the nose, followed by a seductively soothing palate that’s flowing and velvety. Gorgeously layered and complex. At its best: now to 2025.
Candice Chow – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – 17/20 (85pts)
Deep, ruby-red with a light garnet sheen, lighter on edge. The nose is growing in volume with a complex range of aromas, black cherries, plums entwined with an amalgam of spice, unveiling dried herbs, preserved plums and a hint of savoury game. Medium-full bodied, aromas of black cherries, plums enriched by discreetly developed aromas of smoke, dried herbs, subtle savoury game. Cinnamon, cardamon reflected on a fine, grainy tannin line, and the mouthfeel is fresh, enlivened by mouthwatering acidity. The development is subtle and complimenting, added complexity. This is an elegant Pinot Noir with concentrated fruit of cherries and plums, subtle development and complexity. Match with Moroccan lamb tagine and pork belly over the next 2-3 years.
The 7th Heaven Pinot Noir 2015 is crafted from 100% pinot noir grapes grown on our family’s small Bannockburn vineyard. It is a mix of clones 777, Abel and 115 that have been carefully handpicked and blended together for fermentation. 30% of the fruit was left as whole bunches to create complexity and tannins.
The grapes were basket pressed and racked to French oak barrels, 15% being new oak, for 10 months. In Spring a second natural malolactic fermentation took place before being racked and fined in February 2016.
Winemaker: Debra Cruickshank
pH: 3.72, TA: 8.3 g/L, RS: Dry Alc: 13%