We’ve selected two very special Pinot Noir clones (5 and 115) from the Bannockburn vineyard. These vines have such an individuality to them, we decided to present you with our first ‘Special Edition’ Pinot Noir.
Vibrant purple with pink hues. Perfumed on the nose with red and black cherry fruit, violets, spice and dried herbs with a touch of vanilla and smoke. Lush, supple red fruit on the palate with leather, tobacco and hints of chocolate. This wine has ample silky, fine grained tannins, a fresh and vibrant acidity and a long mineral finish. Truly something special.
Awards and reviews
Trophy – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, 2017
Trophy, 5 Stars – NZ Wine Magazine April 2017
Double Gold – Melbourne International Wine Competition
Gold – Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, UK
Silver – International Wine Challenge 2017/2018, London
Silver – New Zealand International Wine Show 2017
5 Stars, 95 points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
5 Stars, 19/20 – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Jan 2017
4.5 Stars, 94 points – Bob Campbell MW, August 2017
4.5 Stars – Winestate Magazine May / June 2017
We’ve selected clones 5 and 115 to produce this first ‘Special Edition’ Pinot Noir. The fruit was hand harvested on 21st and 27th March 2014. The fruit was destemmed into stainless steel tanks before being inoculated with selected wine yeasts to carry out the fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barriques for 7.5 months of which approximately 24% was new oak.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, UK:
“Engaging bouquet: ripe cherry with some mineral and undergrowth tones. Grippy savoury tannins and ripe berry fruit flow through the palate. Toast and nutmeg come into view on the lengthy finish. Very compelling”.
International Wine Challenge 2017, London:
“Juicy ripe fruits on the nose, with a loose knit structure, old school style and delivers depth and complexity”.
Bob Campbell MW, August 2017:
“Appealing pinot noir in a ‘crowd pleasing’ style with dark cherry, ripe plum, cassis, vanilla, anise, and spicy oak. A smooth-textured wine in a medium-bodied style. Restrained lusciousness and a lingering finish. No rush, but why wait”. 4.5 stars, 94 points
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit:
“Made using clones 5 and 115 from the Bannockburn vineyard, this engaging pinot offers dark berry, violet, game and cedar characters with nuances of clove and thyme. The palate delivers superb concentration and weight, and shows expansive mouthfeel and plenty of polished tannins, which provide excellent structure. Very long on the finish with loads of delectable flavours”. 5 stars, 95 points
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews:
“Bright, moderately deep ruby-red colour, lighter edged with purple hues. The nose is very elegant and refined with aromas of fragrant dark red cherry and raspberry fruit, along with violet florals, unfolding nuances of thyme herbs and liquorice. This possesses aromatic finesse and beauty, detail and intensity. Medium-full bodied, vibrant, lively and aromatic fruit flavours of dark red cherries and raspberries feature with dark red and violet florals. Thyme herb and liquorice detail add to the interest. The mouthfeel has vitality and energy, enlivened by fresh acidity, and the wine flows along a fine-textured line composed of powdery tannins. The wine carries to a long and elegant, aromatic finish of raspberries, herbs and florals. This is a beautifully fragrant and refined Pinot Noir with dark cherry and raspberry fruit, aromatic florals, and a vibrant, velvety palate”. 5 stars, 19/20
“Full, bright ruby, it is finely scented and vibrantly fruity, with strong cherry, plum and spice flavours, fine-grained tannins and obvious potential”.