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Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 18.0/20
Full, even, dark ruby-red colour with some purple hues. The nose is full with soft, dark raspberry and black cherry fruit aromas, revealing subtle savoury dark herb and earthy elements, the aromatics gentle in expression, building in depth and volume with aeration. Medium-full bodied, flavours of dark cherries, ripe raspberries and delicate spice notes show good depth and a subtly sweet richness. There is density to the fruit extract and a smooth, harmonious integration with fine-grained tannins providing a seamless structure and line. The mouthfeel has liveliness and freshness from bright acidity, enhancing the fruitiness, the palate leading to a fruity finish with refined textures. This is a harmonious and restrained Pinot Noir that grows in richness, revealing fine structure. Match with pork, veal and lamb over the next 5-6 years. Fruit from the Southern Valleys, 55% from the estate ‘Sound of White’ vineyard, Waihopi, and 45% from the ‘Clayridge’ site, Omaka. Hand-picked, the fruit given a cold soak and fermented with 5% whole bunches to 13.9% alc., a portion undergoing ‘hot’ ferment. The wine spent 18-25 days on skins and was aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. 2,200 cases made.
Michael Cooper 3.5 Stars This is typically a fleshy wine with a ripely aromatic bouquet, sweet-fruit characters, and rich tropical-fruit flavours, crisp and vibrant.
From the winemaker: Allan Scott Family Winemakers vineyards are largely planted on the stony, free draining mid-Wairau Valley river flats. The vineyards are sustainably managed, and with the care given...
90 points Wine & Spirits This is smooth and generous, with smoky lees notes that last alongside the rich pear and apple flavors.