Wine Spectator 92 points.
"Smooth and creamy ... The tannins are plump and polished, and the finish lingers effortlessly."
Ten Sisters Pinot Noir is fruit-driven, with cherry, plum, and dark berry flavors. Exquisitely structured and balanced, it has smooth and light tannins. The fruit is picked, sorted, and plunged by hand, and the wine is given 10 months in French oak barrels of one to four years of age. Our pinot noir is made in a food-friendly Old World–style. It is superb on its own or with beef, lamb, duck, and savory dishes.
The Ten Sisters and their brother are fourth-generation New Zealanders and their ancestors were among the first settlers of the southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.
Their parents, Robert and Mary King, were both born in Invercargill, the southernmost city in the country. After Robert returned from World War II, he bought 750 acres of wild, uncultivated land and, over many years, created a beautiful farm.
He and Mary would eventually have 11 children, only one a son. As adults, the 11 children often traveled around the world with their parents, sharing and developing their great love of food and wine. Later in life, they moved to the sunniest part of New Zealand, Marlborough, and planted a vineyard on their land, fulfilling a longtime dream of Mary’s.
Ellie Bartow, daughter of one of the Ten Sisters, and her husband Dennis now manage the family’s wine business.