FIVE STARS 'Outstanding' 97/100 | Cameron Douglas MS
Kiwi actor Sam Neill's small family vineyard in the Gibbston Valley, Central Otago is dedicated entirely to premium Pinot Noir. The Fusilier Vineyard is named in honor of Sam’s father, Major Dermot Neill, a soldier in the Royal Irish Fusilier Regiment for twenty years before returning home to Dunedin, New Zealand, where he ran the family Wine & Spirit business, Neill & Co. Planted entirely in 2000, The Fusilier is 5.6 hectares of pinot noir, on rolling northerly facing terraces at the western end of Felton Rd and bordered by the vineyard of the same name. Soils on the terraces consist of deep alluvial fans, which are made up of varying depths of silt, sand and gravel layering all derived from mountainous raw schist parent material.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex and harmonious, a bouquet of softness and power, pinosity and charm. I find the bouquet begins quite floral then as it opens out in glass layers of spice and mineral, a quiet savoury complexity and gentle handling of fruit captures a sense of place and lots of style. Moderate impacts of barrel, roses, cherry, fresh raspberry and some strawberry fruit scents. Elegance comes to mind as the wine touches the palate, then the impact of youthful, tannins and acidity take over. At the core of this wine is the purity of fruit and elegance that is what Pinot Noir should be about. Tannins are finely textured, in abundance and are accentuated by the acid line. A complex wine that is complex and enticing, youthful, taut and majestic."