Sam Kim – Wine Orbit – 93 points/5 stars
It’s gorgeously expressed on the nose showing dark plum, thyme, sweet earth and toasted nut aromas. The palate delivers excellent weight and roundness, well supported by succulent flavours and spicy nuances. At its best: now to 2027.
Michael Cooper – Michael Cooper’s Wine Buyer’s Guide – 4 stars
Still fairly youthful, the 2018 vintage (4*) is full-coloured, with ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing considerable complexity, fresh acidity, supple tannins, and very good depth and harmony. 4 stars. March 2022
Candice Chow – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 16.5/20 pts (83 pts)
Moderate ruby-red with depth, lighter on the rim. This has a sweet dark cherry fruit bouquet melded with dark herbs, underlying spice power and a hint of game. Medium-full bodied, aromas of cherries, strawberries intermixed black pepper barrel spice, dark herbs linger on the finish. The wine has an array of flavours, with grainy tannin and vibrant acidity. This Pinot Noir possesses red cherries and strawberries with lively acidity and a grainy mouthfeel.
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 2019.
Winemaker: Debra Cruickshank
pH: 3.65, TA: 7.5 g/L, RS: 0.5g/L, Alc: 12%