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Tasting Notes

Dark garnet.


Perfumed aromas of violets combine with a subtle tobacco note.


Complex flavours of black cherry and olive brine with an elegant, powdered-like structure. The palate is focused with hints of toasted oak and a lingering savoury finish.


Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for the next five years from vintage date.

Winemaking and Viticulture

Kyle Thompson 


Lower Waihopai Valley directly west of the township of Blenheim.


Soils: Clay based.
Topography: Even flat site with a very slight northerly aspect.
Climate: Warm daytime temperatures with cool nights.

Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:

The clay based soil provides a vigour-moderating environment conducive to growing top quality Pinot Noir.


The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Specially selected cultured yeast were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily at the peak of fermentation. At dryness the wine was pressed, then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 17 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques.
During maturation the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (eleven months). During this time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.


Sourced from a single vineyard near the Waihopai Valley using clone 115 grapes.

Wine Analysis
Wine Analysis:

Alcohol 13% v/v

Acidity 6.1g/litre

pH 3.47

Food Match
Our Food Match Recommendation:

Well-matched with crispy duck breast with sage and thyme.

Vegetarian friendly

Tasting Notes PDF 
Click here to open the 2021 tasting notes as a PDF.
Previous Vintages Tasting Notes:

2020 2019 2018 | 2017 | 2015 | 2013

Awards & Accolades

Gold Medal - Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition, 2022

5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine, Edition 217, 2023


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