4.5 STARS | Michael Cooper
91 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Blackenbrook are a small, family-run winery in the Nelson region. They take a 'quality over quantity' approach to winemaking and, as well as being an accredited sustainable winegrowing producer, most of their wines are also unfined and vegan.
In exceptional years Blackenbrook release wines under their reserve label and this 2017 pinot can proudly sit in that range. It's vibrant and complex with flavours of cherries and dark fruits on the palate. It makes for a great glass of wine on its own but the real magic happens when you pair it with roast lamb. Delicious.
Michael Cooper writes "Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling and savoury, with concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours, good tannin backbone, and excellent complexity. A powerful wine, it's well worth cellaring to 2021+."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Varietal and fruity with layers of white smoke and toasty French barrel adding complexity and depth to the bouquet. Engaging and ready. On the palate - tense and youthful with firm textures and medium+ acidity. Flavours of red and dark cherry, moments of plum and raspberry then toasty barrel spices with vanilla and clove. Well made with a decent finish. Still needing some cellar time to calm the tannins and wild dried herb flavours. Best enjoyed with food through 2021 then on its own till 2025."