This offers an engaging lift to the nose which accentuates cherry and spice with a harmonious thyme, wild herb underpinning aromatically. Medium to medium-fuller bodied, supple and elegant in that engaging Pinot way that makes the varietal unique, there’s a noted red fruit, cherry intensity that has vibrancy and freshness in the palate, enlivened with spice and a subtle herbal touch. Finer tuned tannins on the backend lead to an impressive silky textured conclusion. This has good structure to the lovely core of red fruit and should drink impressively over the next 5 plus years quite easily.
91 pts Wine Advocate July 2019
The 2017 Central Otago Pinot Noir comes out of the chute a bit green and stemmy (it’s 50% whole cluster). It clearly needs a year or two to settle down and integrate that element with the bold cherry fruit, but I have little doubt that those components will come together in time, resulting in a wine that’s substantially more attractive than it is currently. It’s medium to full-bodied, with ample ripeness, silky tannins and solid length on the finish, all of which augur well for the future. It’s made at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley (Australia)
90 pts Wine Enthusiast May 2020
This small batch, characterful Pinot opens with a fruity perfume of plums, blueberries and rhubarb preserves sprinkled with violet and baking spice nuances. Traditional winemaking techniques like partial whole bunch and open top fermentation add character and generosity. The palate is full bodied, the plump fruit reined in by powerful, drying tannins.