#11 of 30 - 4.5 Stars - "Freshly aromatic, this medium-bodied wine has penetrating passionfruit and lime flavours, with lees-ageing notes adding complexity, balanced acidity and a lingering finish. Skilfully crafted it offers top value." Michael Cooper, North & South Magazine, Top 30 Autumn Wines.
4.5 Stars & Best Buy "There's plenty here to please lovers of the big, dark, voluptuous Central Otago style. You're greeted with a salvo of dark cherry and rich florals. The texture is plush and the dark fruit is well-lit by bright acidity and seasoned with oak spice. A well-made, big, but very cuddly, pinot." May Cuisine Magaazine Tasting Panel, 2017.
5 Stars 18.5/20 "Even, dark ruby-red colour with some youthful purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has a full and voluminous nose of richly ripe, primary, dark raspberry fruit aromas along with bright, lifted dark red and violet floral, unfolding a subtle layer of thyme herbs. The aromatics build gently to form well-packed core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is vibrant and rich with juicy flavours of ripe, dark raspberry fruit entwined with dark-red and black cherries, along with notes of dark herbs and spices, lifted by dark-red florals. The sweet fruit is underlined by supple, fine-grained tannins and the wine flows along a smooth line with integrated acidity, leading to a finely concentrated lingering finish. This is a vibrantly rich and succulent Pinot Noir with aromatic flavours of dark raspberries, herbs and spices on a smooth-flowing supple palate. Match with duck, pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 6+ hears. Clones 777, 115, 667, 5 and Abel from Claim 431 vineyard, the fruit hand-picked and destemmed and fermented to 14.0%. The wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. 2,000 dozen made". 18.5/20 April 2017 Raymond Chan
"This big Marlborough Chardonnay is made from grapes that were hand-harvested just shy of Easter 2014. It's a dry full-bodied wine, with spicy aromas adding complexity to its peachy fruit flavours. It was aged in 100% French oak barriques, 20% of which were new, and it cruises in at a moderate 13% ABV. 17.5/20 Joelle Thomson, DrinksBiz April/May 2017.