Wine Reviews

 

Reserve Pinot Noir

.  Michael Cooper. 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir.  "This fragrant, silky-textured red was estate-grown at Tarras, in the Cromwell Basin. Barrel-selected, it is a very harmonious, ‘complete’ red, already delicious, with deep, ripe plum, cherry and nut flavours, savoury and lingering."

.  95/100. Sam Kim. 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir.  "A glorious expression; the impressively complex and fragrant bouquet shows spiced cherry, plum, cedar, smoked game, truffle and floral aromas, leading to a powerful palate that is both delicious and elegant at the same time."

.  Winestate. 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir.  

, 18.5/20.  Raymond Chan.  2014 Reserve Pinot Noir.  "The nose is firm and tightly bound with good depth and density. The fruit aromatics of red berry fruits is a little restrained, but there is spicy and nutty oak, and a ‘textured’ aroma showing substance. Fullish bodied, and intense on palate with ripe cherry-berry fruit, fresh and dried herbs, earth, and spicy, toasty oak, the fruit is rich and succulent, but balanced by the fine-grained extraction and structure." 

91+/100.  Robert Parker Wine Advocate.  2013 Pinot Noir Reserve.  "Medium garnet colored with a touch of purple, the 2013 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir has a pronounced black cherry and blackberry nose with hints of anise, cinnamon and chocolate. Medium-bodied and well-structured, with a firm backbone and lively acid, it has great length with earthiness coming through on the finish."

, 96/100.  Sam Kim.  2013 Pinot Noir Reserve.  "A compelling rendition of the variety, the wine shows outstanding fruit richness together with layers of stylish savoury complexity. Aromas of dark berry, game, cedar, cocoa and truffle with hints of clove and dried herbs on the nose. The palate is dense and plush, and velvety and sweetly delicious, with waves of ripe fruit flavours and assortment of spice and earthy undertones. At its best: now to 2025." 

, 18.5/20.  Raymond Chan.  2013 Pinot Noir Reserve.  "The nose is full of fresh, ripe fruit aromas of dark red berry fruit and black cherries with nuances of dark red plums forming a soft, densely packed core. The aromas are harmonious and integrated, unveiling notes of thyme herbs, black minerals and some oak spice elements. Full-bodied, deep, rich and vibrantly sweet fruit flavours of dark red berryfruit, black cherries and nuances of plum feature on the palate. Subtle layers of dark plums, liquorice, violet florals and oak spices emerge to provide complexing interest. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, with enlivening lacy acidity... This is a full-bodied, ripe, dark-red and black-fruited Pinot Noir with fine structure and plenty of power. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 6-8+ years." 

, 94/100.  Bob Campbell.  2013 Pinot Noir Reserve. 

 

Pinot Noir

.  Michael Cooper. 2015 Pinot Noir. "This single-vineyard, Cromwell Basin red is a graceful, rather than powerful, style of pinot noir. It’s ruby hued, perfumed and sweet-fruited, with mouthfilling body, generous cherry, plum and spice flavours, good complexity and a seductive, silky texture."

, 95/100.  Sam Kim.  2015 Pinot Noir.  "A wonderfully complex offering; the seductively expressed bouquet shows spiced cherry, olive, truffle and smoked game characters with nuances of vanilla and roasted almond. The palate is concentrated and persistent, while remaining elegant and refined. It is seamless and flowing to a gorgeous silky finish. At its best: now to 2021." 

, 94/100.  Sam Kim.  2014 Pinot Noir.  "Wonderfully perfumed and inviting, the bouquet shows dark cherry, roasted almond, mushroom, floral and spice notes, followed by a succulent palate that is beautifully weighted and rounded, and shows silky texture and supple tannins. The wine is flavoursome, generous and velvety to the finish. At its best: now to 2022." 

.  Michael Cooper. 2014 Pinot Noir. "This single-vineyard, Cromwell Basin red is sturdy, sweet-fruited and smooth. Ruby hued, it is weighty and savoury, with ripe cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing good complexity."

 Gold Medal. NZ International Wine Show. 2013 Pinot Noir.

.  Winestate. 2013 Pinot Noir. 

90/100. Wine Spectator. 2013 Pinot Noir.  

, 95/100.  Sam Kim.  2013 Pinot Noir.  "This is impressively fruited on the nose displaying complex aromas of dark cherry, plum, game and truffle with nuances of cedar and dried herbs. The palate delivers excellent fruit concentration and focus, while displaying plush texture and expansive mouthfeel. The wine is powerful and opulent, while remaining firmly structured and balanced. At its best: now to 2022." 

90/100.  Robert Parker Wine Advocate.  2012 Pinot Noir.  "Pale ruby colored, the 2012 Pinot Noir has notes of roses, tea and underbrush with kirsch at the core. Medium-bodied, finely knit and fresh with a nice grainy backbone and good length, it’s delicious for drinking now."

, 95/100.  Sam Kim.  2012 Pinot Noir.  "Silky, seamless and seductive, this gorgeous pinot is filled with dark fruit, smoked meat, roasted almond and earthy mushroom notes with a hint of thyme complexity. The palate is wonderfully harmonious and generous, and offers terrific drinking. So easy on the palate, even though the wine is concentrated and brilliantly structured. At its best: now to 2020." 

 

Pinot Gris

, 91/100.  Sam Kim.  2017 Pinot Gris. "Ripe and beautifully lifted, the inviting bouquet shows baked apple, pear and rock melon characters with subtle notes of fragrant spice. The palate delivers succulent mouthfeel and lovely palate weight, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and refreshing acidity."  

, 93/100.  Sam Kim.  2014 Pinot Gris.  "This is seriously good. Wonderfully aromatic and inviting, the bouquet shows nectarine, poached pear, apple blossom and subtle spice notes. The palate offers terrific fruit richness and silky texture with a hint of sweetness which is perfectly framed by bright acidity. Flavoursome and generous, while remaining elegant and poised. At its best: now to 2019." 

, 94/100.  Bob Campbell.  2013 Pinot Gris Grand Reserve. 

, 18.5/20.  Raymond Chan.  2013 Pinot Gris Grand Reserve.  "The nose is soft and yet packed with weight and density, showing savoury yellow stonefruits. There is a core with an amalgam of yellow stonefruits, minerals, nuts and oak. Dry to taste, the palate is rich and fulsome, with breadth, opening smoothly. This has a solidness of mouthfeel with a savoury lusciousness, honey and toasty oak providing roundness, weight and presence." 

.  Michael Cooper.  2013 Pinot Gris Grand Reserve. "Ensconced in a heavy, punted bottle, this still-lively wine was fermented and matured in French oak barrels. It is a robust wine (14.1% alc/vol) with rich stone-fruit flavours to the fore, wood derived complexity, fresh, balanced acidity and a long, bone-dry finish." 

 

Rosé

, 18.5+/20.  Raymond Chan.  2017 Pinot Noir Rosé.  "Bright, cerise pink colour with a little depth and light purple hues on the edge. The nose is fresh and aromatic with vibrant fruit aromas of strawberries and raspberries and cream, along with fragrant red florals and subtle notes of confectionary. The aromatics form a rounded, concentrated heart. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has vibrant and aromatic fruit flavours of raspberries and cream, strawberries and lifted red florals. This is a vibrant and fragrant dry rosé with rich flavours of raspberries and cream, strawberries and florals on a mouthwatering palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes, tapas and dim sum over the next 2 years."

  

Riesling

, 18.5/20.  Raymond Chan.  2017 Riesling.  "Brilliant, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the edge. The nose is very elegant and tightly bound with intense aromas of exotic white florals and lime fruit with hints of honeysuckle, minerals and a suggestion of toast. This has finesse and beauty. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly presented, intense and deep flavours of fragrantly exotic white florals and lime fruit with nuances of honeysuckle and minerals. The palate shows good fruit extract lending a little unctuousness, and is balanced by refreshingly, brisk acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The wine flows along a delicately textured line with good energy, leading to a long, lingering finish of exotic florals. This is an elegant, refined and intense medium-dry Riesling with fragrant and exotic white floral, lime and mineral flavours. Serve as an aperitif, and with Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese cuisine over the next 4+ years."

, 94/100.  Sam Kim.  2017 Riesling.  "Concentrated and focused on the palate, displays lovely fruit purity together with delicate spicy complexity, brilliantly enhanced by whispering sweetness and bright acidity, finishing superbly long and crisp."

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