96 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
FIVE STARS 95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
92 POINTS | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
This is just the second pinot noir vintage from this prestigious producer. Their 2018 release was highly anticipated after a long time in the making and they are now 100% committed to Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir.
Alma 2019 makes a strong statement for Te Mata. This is-full bodied pinot noir with rounded flavours in the red fruit spectrum, supple mouthfeel and some tannic grip. Fresh acidity refocuses the palate but those lush 2019 fruits shine through from start to finish. Subtle wood spice add more interest but remain in check, never taking over proceedings. A lovely, balanced pinot noir that medium-weight syrah lovers will also find very attractive.
Gary Walsh Writes "92 pts. Alma '19 - 'Raspberry and dried roses, a bit of sweet manure or kelp or something a bit on the savoury side, cinnamon and vanilla. Mediumbodied, a juicy uptake of red fruit and maybe a little baked plum. Tannin is fine-grained and set well inside the wine, a smattering of dried herb too, some ‘mineral’ feel to the acidity, and good length, a little bitter orange as it goes. Has some finesse for a HB Pinot, though veers a little into ‘dry red’ territory. Nice wine all up."
The winery writes "Saturated, dark crimson, Alma Pinot Noir ’19 has an enticing nose of pomegranate, raspberry and black cherry syrup. Mineral and savoury notes – orange peel, peppercorns and sage – all glide across a serene surface of dark, fine tannin and lush ripe fruit. Alma Pinot Noir ’19 is structural. This is a wine of scope and horizons. Its depths are balanced by a lingering fruit acid tension that gives the wine a balletic level of poise, energy and grace."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "95 pts. Very ripe, fresh, fruit centric, varietal, with fresh red berries, some carbonic suggestions, Beaune village thoughts come to mind. Raspberry and red cherry. Dry, tense, focused and youthful on the palate. Great mouthfeel with some savoury elements showing alongside the core of fruit. Specific cooperage releases appealing flavours and textures of oak. Tannins are firm and somewhat chalky. Primary and youthful, lengthy and well made."
Sam Kim writes "96 pts. Expressing precision and poise, the wine shows perfumed aromas of sweet cherry, floral and warm spice with spicy oak nuances. The palate delivers delectably juicy fruit flavours together with soothing mouthfeel and savoury undertones backed by fine tannins, leading to a gorgeously long seductive finish."