FIVE STARS 93/100 Sam Kim | Wine Orbit
93 POINTS | Bob Campbell "The wine has pleasing fruit flavours but it also has good vinosity in equal measure. Subtle power is demonstrated by a lengthy finish."
This highly anticipated release joins Alma Pinot Noir as the first new wine from Te Mata Estate this century. Under the radar, Te Mata has been producing Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir for 20 years, selling finished wine to other producers until they felt they had mastered the variety and all the stars had aligned. The winery is now 100% committed to Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir and given the importance of other first vintages from this iconic estate, this Estate debut is sure to go down as one of the most discussed wines released in the last few years.
The 2018 Estate Pinot Noir is a tightly structured wine in the dark fruit spectrum. Spicy plum flavours show on the palate with plenty of tannin. The finish is fresh with creamy acidity rounding up the conversation. It is quite Syrah-like in the mouth and, as such, a very welcome counterpoint to the plush and softer regional Pinot Noirs that dominate local sales.
Sam Kim Writes "FIVE STARS 93/100 It is beautifully ripe and perfumed on the nose, showing cherry, plum, violet and subtle spice aromas with touches of almond and olive. The palate delivers lovely weight and roundness, offering pristine fruit flavours together with fine texture and polished tannins. Wonderfully poised and refined with a lengthy silky finish."
The winery writes "The premiere release of Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir ’18 is ink-dark scarlet, with flashes of cherry-red, and an immediate floral presence of fresh boysenberry, redcurrants, cardamom, and Earl Grey tea. A silky, soft palate interwoven with generous, ripe, red berry fruit balances a beguiling background of smoke, cinnamon and gentle tannin. Energetic, full-flavoured and expressive, Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir ’18 appeals and delights."