Michael Cooper – NZ Wine Buyer’s Guide – 4 stars
The 2017 vintage (4*) is still fresh and vigorous. Medium to full-bodied, it is vibrantly fruity, with lively acidity and strong cherry, plum, herb and spice flavours. 4 stars. March 2022
Candice Chow – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – 17/20 pts
Deep, ruby-red with depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fragrant with aromas of sweet cherries, plums, interweaved vanilla and warm spice. Medium-full bodied, concentrated aromas of dark cherries and plums form a rich core, unveiling dark herbs, cinnamon and liquorice. Tight-knitted tannins lend a smooth palate, reflect the concentrated fruit and shape a rich core. Vibrant acidity provides freshness and length to a long, dry finish. This is a rich Pinot Noir with dense dark fruit and herb, and a tight-knitted tannin structure. 17/20 pts (85 pts). Feb 2022
Our 2017 Pinot is proof that great wines start in the vineyard and the health of our vines really hit their stride for this vintage.
100% pinot noir grapes (clones 777, Abel, 115) were handpicked and blended together for fermentation. 30% of the fruit was left as whole bunches to create complexity and tannins.
The grapes were bag pressed and racked to French oak barrels, 15% being new oak, with a number of one and two year old barrels for an overall oak influence of around 30%.
In Spring a second natural malolactic fermentation took place before being racked and fined in February 2018.
Winemaker: Debra Cruickshank
pH: 3.80, TA: 9.75 g/L, RS: 0.5g/L, Alc: 12%