It's expensive, but the lovely 2016 vintage (5*) of this rare, single vineyard, single clone red is a memorable mouthful. Only 950 bottles were made. Estate-grown in the Somerset Vineyard, in the Waihopai Valley, it is based on the Abel clone of Pinot Noir. Hand-picked, it was matured for over two years in new French oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It has a full, fairly mature ruby hue. The bouquet is highly scented and complex; the palate generous, rich, nutty and silky-textured, in a very savoury style with a real sense of 'completeness'. It's delicious now.
Type: Red Wines
Variety: Pinot Noir
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $150 NZD
Value for Money: AV
The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.