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"This is an intense wine with some elegant softness. It is fruity & fresh, lively, with fresh herbs, citrus & peach notes. The length is full & vibrant & balances beautifully with the lively acidity present." - Decanter Magazine
Grown on a single vineyard in the Hawkes Bay, the fruit for this wine was picked in outstanding condition after an excellent growing season. The grapes were gently pressed to 40% new French oak. A portion was allowed malolactic fermentation & the wine was then matured for 10 months before bottling.
4.5 stars - Wine Orbit 2018
The fruit for this wine was grown in the Rarangi Marlborough vineyard. Picked in outstanding condition after an excellent growing season, the grapes were fermented on their skins for 7 days. The wine was gently pressed into a mixture of new & seasoned French barriques & matured for 10 months before being blended & bottled.
Made from 92% Pinot Noir & 8% Sauvignon Blanc, the colour is a beautiful pale-pink & the bouquet exudes red cherry, strawberries & delicate citrus fruit. The palate is bright & youthful, full of cherries, strawberry, ripe apple, spice & cinnamon.
A stunning wine best chilled & enjoyed with friends sharing good times.
★★★★+ – 92 points Sam Kim – Wine Orbit
“Youthful & beautifully fragrant, the attractive bouquet shows grapefruit, green rockmelon, lime zest & sweet basil aromas, followed by a vibrant palate that is juicy & lively. The wine delivers plenty of pristine flavours & bright acidity, finishing persistent & crisp." - Sam Kim
Textbook example of New Zealand Pinot Noir by 'Digger' Hennessey & Corey Hall, chief winemakers at the prestigious Mount Riley & Matua wineries.
6 out 7 rating in Michael Cooper 'Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines' "Grown at several sites, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barrels for 10 months. It's a full-bodied wine, with generous cherry, herb and spice flavours, showing considerable complexity."