Reserve Pinot Noir

Winestate Magazine. 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir. 4.5 stars. "Delicious now, this rare, estate-grown red was matured for two years in four French oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Ruby hued, it is an elegant, savoury, supple wine, with strong cherry, plum and spice flavours, nutty and complex."

Michael Cooper. 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir. 5 stars.  "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."

Sam Kim. 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir. 95/100.  "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 Magazine. 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir. 5 stars. 

Raymond Chan.  2014 Reserve Pinot Noir. 5 stars, 18.5/20.  "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."

Robert Parker Wine Advocate.  2013 Pinot Noir Reserve. 91+/100.  "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."

Sam Kim.  2013 Pinot Noir Reserve. 96/100.   "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."

Raymond Chan.  2013 Pinot Noir Reserve.  18.5/20.  "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."

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


Sam Kim.  2016 Pinot Noir. 94/100.  "Gorgeously expressed on the nose showing spiced cherry, dark plum, roasted almond, game and floral characters with a hint of dried herb complexity. The palate is concentrated and expansive, delivering fabulous fruit weight and intensity, elegantly framed by fine, polished tannins. The wine is plush yet elegant, and finishes impressively long and engaging. At its best: now to 2022."

Michael Cooper.  2015 Pinot Noir. 4.5 stars.  "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."

Sam Kim.  2015 Pinot Noir.  95/100.  "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."

Sam Kim.  2014 Pinot Noir.  94/100.  "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. 4.5 stars.  "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."

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

Winestate. 2013 Pinot Noir.  4.5 stars.

Wine Spectator. 2013 Pinot Noir.  90/100.   

Robert Parker Wine Advocate.  2012 Pinot Noir.  90/100.  "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."

Sam Kim.  2012 Pinot Noir.  95/100.  "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."