One for the cellar, the 2020 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown at Bannockburn, matured for over a year in a mix of French barriques and larger oak vessels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling, with dense, youthful, concentrated flavours, showing good complexity, strong, fresh acidity and a firmly structured finish. Likely to be long-lived, it's best opened 2024+. Already drinking well, the 2019 vintage (4.5*) was matured for 10 months in French oak casks (16 per cent new). Ruby hued, with a hint of development, it is a moderately rich wine, nutty and savoury, with good complexity, lively acidity and supple tannins.
Type: Red Wines
Variety: Pinot Noir
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $38 NZD
Value for Money: V+
When to drink: 2024
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 28
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 23
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 26
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 22
Vintage: 2013; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: P – P
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.
Reviewed June 2022