92 pts James Suckling Oct 2019
This has attractive violet and rose florals and a wealth of cedary and spicy oak weighing in. The palate has a fine-cut tannin texture that drives savory and tangy at the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
92 pts Wine Advocate June 2021
Showing touches of cola and mocha from its oak aging, the 2018 Central Otago Pinot Noir also comes from a warmer vintage, so it is a slightly bigger, more powerful wine than the 2017 or 2019 versions. Ripe cherries are underscored by entwined herbal tendrils in this medium to full-bodied effort, framed by gently dusty tannins and a long, silky-textured finish. 2021-2027
92 pts Wine Spectator 12/15/20
Intense and succulent cherry, blood orange and cranberry flavors are fresh and refreshing, with details of cigar, clay, clove and cedar, gaining momentum on the finish. Drink now through 2030
91 pts Vinous March 2021
An unadulterated expression of Pinot Noir. Broody, savory and smoky, the wine envelops you with its seductive and slightly mysterious caress. There are herbal undertones, with 30% whole bunch undoubtedly contributing some of that character, but it’s only one layer of many, not the dominating factor. This was a warm summer but the wine retains mouthwatering freshness, and the whole bunch also brings a lovely sappy tension on the long finish. There’s 20% new French oak, allowing the fruit to be the star. Supple and drinking well now, it’s an intriguingly fragrant style that shows both an adventurous and a more natural side to New Zealand Pinot Noir.