93 pts Wine Advocate Issue #216 Dec 2014
Pale to medium ruby with a hint of purple, the 2011 John Forrest Collection Waitaki Pinot Noir offers gorgeous evolved Pinot notes of earth, meat and game with some truffle and mushroom hints over a core of cherry coulis and raspberry preserves. Light bodied, it fills the palate with lovely delicate red fruits and remarkable freshness with silky tannins carrying the fruit to a long finish.
92 pts Wine Enthusiast July 2015
This elegant wine shows why the Waitaki Valley is an up-and-coming region. The fruit is ripe and cherry-laden, yet there’s also earthy, mushroomy depth, imparting a strong savory element. Weight and richness combine with silkiness and length. Drink now–2018.