FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93 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. "