FIVE STARS 94/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW
According to Te Awanga Estate, the idea that you can't produce great Hawke's Bay Pinot Noir is "Stuff and Nonsense" and they set out to create their own. The result is outstanding Pinot Noir from one of the most exciting labels in New Zealand wine making. Some serious spice, tobacco layers entwined with dark plum and savoury notes. Something special is going on here.
One-off is the vehicle for celebrated winemaker Rod McDonald to make small parcels of interesting high quality wines. It's been a resounding success and has developed a fanatical fan base. The only catch is that every release is a One Off. When it's gone, it's gone. There'll never be another.
Sam Kim wrote "It's gorgeously ripe and seductively complex on the nose showing dark cherry, charcuterie, dark spice and toasted nut characters with a hint of dried herb note. It's concentrated and refined on the palate, offering terrific fruit weight and silky texture, wonderfully framed by loads of polished tannins, finishing impressively long and structured."
Bob Campbell MW writes "Quite an earthy, savoury pinot with cherry, violet, dried herb, spice, anise and cedar flavours. A good wine with a distinctive and appealing character."
The winery writes "Think tobacco, violet and subtle earthy characters before you dive in, followed by vibrant, dancing silky dark plum flavours as you take the plunge. Not afraid to be from Hawke’s Bay. Good stuff."