Made up of classic Pinot Noir clones 667, 777, 115 and 5 sourced from two very special vineyards. One on a hillside in the southern valleys and the other on a rare clay band in the Wairau valley. The grapes were all hand harvested then 90% destemmed (10% left as whole bunch) before being cold soaked for 7 days to ensure maximum flavour and colour extraction. Fermentation was in small open top vessels, hand plunged three times a day. Post ferment maceration was for 7 days and free run wine was then transferred to French barrels (30% new) for ageing before a 100% malolactic fermentation in the Spring.
Lifted aromas of red plum, cocoa and liquorice. Palate is elegant and lingering with summer berries, ripe plum, savoury black pepper and notes of toasty oak with delicate suppletannins.
4 ½ STARS (92 Points) Sam Kim www.wineorbit.co.nz
"Elegant and sweetly fragrant, the bouquet shows raspberry, dark cherry, spice and toasted almond characters with a touch of savoury note. The palate is juicy and smooth, displaying delightful fruit flavours and intensity, leading to a lingering smooth finish. Well balanced and harmonious"