FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Dark, savoury North Canterbury Pinot Noir from a much respected South Island producer. Cherry fruit characters are bolstered by flavours in the dark fruit spectrum and the palate is alive with spice and herbal complexities and a fresh, balanced finish that sings with perfectly pitched acidity.
The winery writes "Upon release the wine is bright ruby in colour. There is a teasing array of vibrant red fruit on the nose including raspberry, pomegranate, cherry and plum. Spice and herbal notes, as well as a savoury underlay, add to the wine’s complexity. While the palate has generous fruit weight and velvety tannins, it is balanced with refreshing acidity and a structure that gives the wine classic North Canterbury tension and pinosity."
Sam Kim writes "It's wonderfully fruited and gorgeously styled, showing Black Doris plum, sweet cherry, vanilla, dried herb, almond and subtle spice aromas on the nose. The palate delivers excellent weight and power, while remaining graceful and flowing, leading to a persistent velvety finish. It's mouthfilling and delectable with seductive complexity. "
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Ripe, concentrated, varietal and complex bouquet with aromas of boysenberry, plum and dark cherry. Aromas of of new and seasoned barrel with toasty, nut and dark spices combination layering in complexity, shape and form. Youthful, vibrant and promising. On the palate - delicious! with a mirror of the bouquet showcasing fruit then mineral stony layers, firm textures from tannins then acidity. Wood spices with fine through firm tannins building power and length."
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