Organic, soft, supple and Central Otago delicious– everything you want in a Pinot Noir. Awesome value and just the ticket when needing something new and special. Grapes from our Estate vineyards, destemmed, wild yeasts, French oak, no fining nor filtration. Artwork by Callum Robertson
Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2018 – 94 Points Bob Campbell | The Real Review Aromatic pinot noir with an appealing mix of cherry, plum, mint, dried herbs, and spicy and stemmy flavours. A supple, attractive wine that’s perhaps not as concentrated as its distinguished stable mate, but represents excellent value at this price. A wine of character and class. September 2019. Looking more and more like a junior Ata Rangi as those 'young' vines grow up to more than 20 years old and each new vintage is released. It's succulent, briary and charry with chewiness from excellent skin tannins and just enough (old) oak. '... a bit of grunt in there'...
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Martinborough 2018 – 96 Points Bob Campbell MS | Bobcampbell.nz, therealreview.com Elegant, aromatic pinot noir with bright, high energy floral, violet, cherry, fresh herb, star anise and restrained spicy oak supported by fine tannins and juicy acidity. An attractively fragrant, supple wine that’s a little lighter than usual but gives a nod in the direction of Burgundy and shows promising ageing potential. October 2020.
Cameron Douglas 94 points, Bob Campbell 93 points, James Suckling 93 points. Cameron Douglas MS. What a great bouquet of Syrah, fresh, peppery & fruity. Violets, brown baking spices and toasty oak. Equally engaging on the palate with a core of salty, ripe red berry fruit flavours, pepper and olive, some meaty fleshy moments, firm tannins, a back bone of acidity and long finish. A decent complexity, layered, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2025+. 94 Points. "Strongly peppery on the nose – absolutely spot-on for the style. There's loads of fresh red fruit and a big smack of acidity too, keeping the palate sharp and refreshed....
96 Points - Outstanding "A single vineyard expression presenting a complex, pure, intriguing and perfumed bouquet. Light red berry fruits, red apple skin and scents of place with aromas of fine silty clay and sand minerals then complexity from judicious use of oak with light brown kitchen spices followed by aromas of mild toasty barrel and savoury dried herb layer. Equally complex on the palate, tense and youthful with firm textures and velvet mouthfeel from tannins and acidity. Savoury with a core of fruit and flavours that reflect the bouquet. A fine wine with power and finesse, complexity and length. Best drinking from 2022 through 2030."...
Winemaker's Notes: Una Volta’ means ‘One Time’. In 2018 a single vineyard nestled in the Queensberry subregion halfway between Wanaka and Cromwell in Central Otago, offered its pristine fruit to us. Having both grown up in Central Otago, the bounty of the region always proves tempting, but this fruit was stunning. The nature of this fruit, being from a warm and vibrantly fruity year, presented an exceptional situation where we decided to use only the free-run portion, such was the power and density of the wine following fermentation. It is gloriously immense, with black fruit compote, warm baking spice notes and a rich velvety texture....
94/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim "This is stylish and gorgeously composed, showing dark plum, cherry, roasted nut, game and dried herb aromas on the nose, leading to a wonderfully weighted palate that’s elegant yet flavoursome and persistent. It’s refined and complex with well-pitched tannins, finishing impressively long and engaging. $45.00. www.carrick.co.nz. Dec 2019." Drink 2019 - 2024 92/100 Bob Campbell MW "Elegant and moderately flavoursome pinot noir with plum, cherry, spice and nutty oak flavours. Firmly-structured and with obvious cellaring potential. Deserves to be aerated - my sample really blossomed as it sat in the glass. 29 NOV...
Bob Campbell MW 94 points. "From a small lime-laced block on the edge of the terrace overlooking the Kawarau River. Vibrant and slightly edgy pinot noir with floral, cherry, berry and fresh herb flavours supported by tangy acidity that helps drive a lengthy finish. winemakers comments: The Eliza Vineyard is on the edge of a picturesque terrace situated directly above the Kawarau River in Bannockburn. This single vineyard wine is made from a small 3 tonne parcel of Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 that is its own unique block within the Eliza Vineyard. The terrace is formed predominately on alluvial schist soils, with a band of pedogenic lime at...
Bob Campbell MW 95 points. "Crunchy red cherry fruit, spice and fresh earth notes provide an alluring perfume. On the palate the excellent fruit weight and structure seamlessly carries the vivid red fruit and complex spice flavours; while the underlying mineral tail delivers great drive and vibrancy." wine notes: Crunchy red cherry fruit, spice and fresh earth notes provide an alluring perfume. On the palate the excellent fruit weight and structure seamlessly carries the vivid red fruit and complex spice flavours; while the underlying mineral tail delivers great drive and vibrancy. winemakers comments: The Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir is a...
Bob Campbell MW 95 points. Tantalisingly pure pinot noir with fresh cherry, red rose petal, and sweet plum flavours together with a seasoning of spice and anise. A silken-textured wine that delvers power with great subtlety. BC. Mata-Au (the Maori name for the Clutha River) is a blend of fruit from Chard Farm’s four estate vineyards. New oak has been reduced to just 20% to boost flavour purity. Elegant Pinot Noir with appealing purity and subtle power. Red and black cherry with a suggestion of spice supported by nutty oak. Good length of flavour. Linear, accessible wine.
Bob Campbell MW 95 points. Delicately aromatic pinot noir with floral, red rose, cherry, fresh herb and subtle spicy flavours. A high-energy wine, with appealing purity and an almost ethereal texture. Very typical of this Lowburn Valley vineyard. Opens up beautifully with aeration. 95 points Bob Campbell MW therealreview.com AUG 2021 Drink 2021–2027. winery notes: The bouquet offers earthy notes of dried herbs and red berries mixed with a sweet floral and spicy perfume. The rich spiced red fruit flavours have an interesting stalky edge. The palate builds with nice layers of silky tannin which give an unctuous mouth feel, while a lick of...
Bright, medium to full red/purple colour, with sweet strawberry, red cherry and lightly herbal aromas, subtle use of oak, and the palate is intense and very long, with beautifully judged tannins that are supple, fine-grained and provide good structure and backbone. Sweet fruit in the centre and a cleansing dry finish. Delicious and will be even better with food. (From Parkburn) 95 points Huon Hooke therealreview.com SEP 2021 Drink 2021–2031. wine notes: The bouquet has intense and complex aromatics featuring alternating bursts of blue fruits, woody herbs, sweet florals and black spice. The palate features lithe fruit and fine tannins that...
“Firm and supple, already elegant with a lovely, soft, silky smooth mouth feel and lovely sweet cherry and berry fruit. It is so smooth, but there’s a seriousness about it as well as perfect drinkability. Great intensity of flavour. Classy and effortless.” (96 points) Trophy Winner, Best NZ pinot noir. IWC Panel Chair: Richard Bampfield MW & IWC Co-Chair: Tim Atkin MW. Sm Kim, Wine Orbit, 95 points. “Drinking well early…an elegant and supple wine.” - Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine “Outstanding - a wine of superior character and style. Enticing, balanced and well made.” - Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier “Combining...
Made by the team at Rockburn. Winery Note: Our Devil’s Staircase wines are inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Sourced from several Central Otago vineyards, the Devil’s Staircase Pinot Noir takes the willing down into the realm of decadence and Bacchanalian delights. Here, everything is pleasure spiced up with a bit of naughty. The unrelenting Central Otago environment tortures the vines whose twisted limbs produce a wine worthy of absolution; strong and sensual with lashings of dark fruit, sinfully succulent and devilishly good. The flavours are practically immoral, full of...
Doctors Flat Pinot is about Steve Davies’ pursuit of wine true to its origin—wine of terroir. The vines are organically farmed with care and harvested by hand. The fruit is then fermented in small open tanks with minimal intervention. The wines spend 12 months in French barrels (about 1/3 new) and then a winter resting in tank, before being bottled in the following spring without fining or filtration. Only the best of the small lots are blended to make the single vineyard Doctors Flat Pinot Noir. What The Critics Say 96/100 Bob Campbell MW "Deep, velvety pinot noir with cassis, red-fleshed plum, and layers of spice and nutty oak. Still...
Supple, vibrant, organic pinot noir with cherry, violet, blackcurrant leaf, spice, anise, and subtle nutty oak flavours. High-energy wine with impressive purity. An elegant and youthful pinot noir with obvious cellaring potential. Date Tasted: Nov 2020; Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell; The Real Review.
Sold out at winery. WINERY NOTE: The colour of this wine is still deep and dark at the heart but showing a blood red weave through it, finishing with a light purple hue. The aromas are evolving too, showcasing the complexities of the wine. Softer and warmer fruit tones are now more the supporting act with complexities such as forest floor and wet earth taking the limelight. For us, the appeal of this wine, or aged wines in general, is the change in texture. In this Syrah, the moth feel has morphed from fruitfulness wrapped in firm acidity and tannins to a gentler and broader impact. Kindness and openness have replaced introverted and shy...
"Intense concentration and brightness to eclipse the sun. Gorgeous structure and classic form. Plenty of time to run and for me - more enjoyable right now than its bomb-diggity younger brother from 2013."RR4WEA #Dryriver
James Suckling 96 points. This has a very rich and complex nose with plenty of red fruit, anise and bracken, as well as deeper, earthy tones. The palate delivers a very fluid and fleshy impression with plush, rich and dark cherries and berries in abundance. Smoothly polished tannins. JS
Ultimate expression of Gimblett Gravels Syrah. Superb. Bob Campbell MW 95 points. Cameron Douglas MS 96 points. #ELEPHANT
This ‘Stone’ wine is an expression of Syrah from our vineyard sited at the heart of Gimblett Gravels Wine Growing District. It is a wine grown from ‘young soil with an old soul’. "It’s a very sleek, polished wine showing ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit, with some hints of liquorice, tar and cedar. There’s a bit of black pepper, but the smooth, ripe fruit, coupled with some vanilla sweetness from the oak, leads the flavour profile."- Jamie Goode, 94 points. AWARDS AND ACCOLADES International Wine Challenge, Gold Medal Bob Campbell MW 95 points. Andrew Caillard MW, 95 points Cameron Douglas MS, 95 points RobertParker.com...
This wine pays homage to a famous ancestor of the Weiss family, Hieronymus Ebner von Eschenbach, Lord Mayor of Nuremberg 1514-1524. Cameron Douglas MS 98 points Sam Kim 98 points Bob Campbell MW 97 points. 97/100 Bob Campbell MW "280 cases made. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and tempranillo. Big, dense red with concentration and power. Layers of berry, dried fruits, spice, cedar and a suggestion of floral characters. A very complex wine with a higher level of dry extract (a measure of flavour concentration) than any wine previously made at Elephant Hill 16/4/2019." Drink 2019 - 2030 #ELEPHANT
"Classically composed and gorgeously styled, the wine shows cassis, dark cherry, spicy oak, olive and subtle cocoa characters on the nose." -Sam Kim, Wine Orbit AWARDS AND ACCOLADES 5 stars, 95 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit #ELEPHANT
Total production 175 cases. Bob Campbell MW 94 points. From a high limestone site near the township of Waiau. Wild vineyard fermented. Reasonably pale pinot noir but not lacking power. Bright, vibrant cherry, violet, red rose and anise flavours. Lovely purity and a powdery texture. (Screwcap)
"Fragrant, floral aroma with violet, cherry and spice characters on the palate. A powerful pinot noir with a firm structure of drying tannins." BC
"Made from grapes grown in Gibbston Valley’s Gibbston vineyard with vines of up to 32 years old. Quite a dense, almost succulent pinot noir with plum, chocolate/mocha, liquorice and subtle dried herb flavours. An accessible and quite complex wine that can be enjoyed now but promises to cellar well. " 01 AUG 2016 Bob Campbell The Real Review Drink: 2016–2025 Raymond Chan: 18.5/20: This is classical Gibbston regional character with savoury red fruits, with complexing dark and dried herbs, earth and minerals, the aromatics showing excellent concentration. #CLEAR
ACCOLADES 95 Points - Cameron Douglas MS 95 Points - Sam Kim Wineorbit.com 5 Stars - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 93 Points Bob Campbell MW. WINERY NOTE: A Pinot Noir with generous richness & flavor concentration. Layers of ripe fruit, floral and spice with a gentle tannin line. Unfined and bottled on site. The first week of November and the month of December were very hot and dry - perfect conditions for flowering. The vines produced a solid crop with large bunches. Careful leaf plucking to open the canopy and significant bunch thinning was required to ensure quality targets were met. Rain in January and February gave the soils a top up and...
Total Production 78 cases. Organic. Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 97 points. Bob Campbell MW 96 points. James Suckling 95 points. Organic. The oak factor is dialed-up here and adds spicy, toasty aromas to the red-cherry, red-plum and blueberry aromas. It winds up and exudes such pure fruit with air. The palate has a very rich, intense and vividly defined feel with ripe red and dark-cherry flavors holding so pure at the finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap.JS. Thomas Brothers Pinot Noir grows on our highest slopes, in limestone soils which impart a beautiful chalky tannin and finesse to the wines. The vines are naturally...
Very limited production. In 2012 we first explored fermenting our Pinot Noir grapes in the vineyard where they grow. We captured the wild yeasts in situ and by happenstance found we extended the vintage influence, allowing the vagaries of the season’s weather to provide a defining mark upon the wine. Compelling and intense, this wine is layered with savoury flavours and juicy dense fruit. Initially fine grained in nature the palate stretches to showcase natural acidity and tension. A wine with finely balanced weight and complexity. Deep dark plum colour with a nose of cherry and plum. Vineyard elements of spice and blue flowers shine...
Organic. Morrison Vineyard is a 12 ha property with a 7.5 hectare vineyard situated on Wanaka Road in the foothills of the Lowburn and Parkburn Terraces, first planted in 1997. Vinified in a traditional fashion using open fermenters, hand plunging, natural yeasts and 14 months in French oak. Morrison vineyard grows a textural wine built around fine yet sinewy tannins and delicate fruits. This year we see the wine displaying perfumed aromatics with lovely floral notes over a solid core of both red and dark fruits. The 2019 whilst showing lovely complexity and lifted delicacy in its aromas is a wine of considerable depth and power. No...
Top 3 South Island Pinots....Gourmet Traveller. Wine Advocate 91 points. Made using a significant whole-cluster component (more than 25%), Mount Edward's 2018 Pinot Noir boasts some notable herbal, floral and tea-like aromatics layered over cranberry and cherry fruit. Medium-bodied, silky-textured yet marked by relatively taut acidity, it's more streamlined than expansive, with room to grow and expand a bit in the coming years. The tannins impart a touch of astringency to the lingering finish, so pair it with rare beef or lamb if serving it now, or just cellar it for a couple of years. It should still be singing in a decade. JC Jun 2021....
Cameron Douglas 95 points. Great colour, concentration of aromas and complexity with an enticing mix of ripe berries, spices of wood and quiet savoury core of dried herb, mineral, place and time. Follow through on the palate is seamless with flavours of raspberry and red apple, dark cherry and dried herbs. Oak flavours layer in quickly with a mix of brown spice, an abundance of fine grained tannins then acidity adds youth and freshness. Delicious, ripe, fresh, varietal and young. A wine for the cellar as well as early drinking if desired. Best from late 2022 through 2028+.Excellent.
Reduced to clear. Raymond Chan 17.5/20 The Gimblett Gravels region in the north island of NZ is producing wines of great depth and complexity. This syrah is no exception. The predominant theme is midnight black fruit - coaxed to white pepper accented greatness by fabulous French oak treatment and a clear backbone of tangy acidity. This expert embrace of ripe fruit assures both early performance and a long vibrant future - filled with deepening spice, shimmering tannins and a lip-smacking length which just doesnt let go. RR 4 WEA
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