FIVE STARS 95/100 | Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Calvert Vineyards are a celebration 'borne of small things done beautifully'. Owner, Owen Calvert, spent several years overseas before returning to his beloved Cromwell. After purchasing land in 1989, Calvert Vineyards were one of the first in New Zealand to transition to organic growing. With dark brooding fruit, spice and savoury characters, Calvert is serious pinot. With an impressive 95 points from Bob Campbell MW, this is a worthy investment for any premium pinot enthusiast.
Bob Campbell MW writes "Rich, flavoursome pinot noir with cassis, black cherry, blackberry, violet, spice and nicely integrated nutty oak characters. Delicious now with tangy, vibrant flavours. Should develop well with bottle age, but offers good drinking now."
The winery writes "The 2020 Calvert Pinot Noir is dark ruby red in colour. The nose is dominated by savoury characters of earthiness, black Doris plum, blackberry compote, and cardamom spices. This leads to a wine with silky textured smooth tannins. The earthiness thread becomes the backbone of the palate and is complemented by the rounded, brooding dark fruit characters and spiciness creating a luscious lingering mouth feel. 2020 is a cooler seasoned slower ripening vintage for the Calvert vineyard resulting in a solid wine with great cellaring potential."