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2019 Clayvin SV Pinot Noir


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This is our Third release of a Pinot Noir we have made from the esteemed Clayvin vineyard, and we have labelled it under our SV5096 designation which recognises its organic certification and its special status as one of our SV wines. We feel very privileged to be allowed to have some fruit from this very special part of Marlborough’s history. The Clayvin Vineyard was first established by the Eaton family in 1991 and was the first significant hillside vineyard in Marlborough. It is now under the careful custodianship of the Giesen family and is fully certified organic with BioGro NZ.

This SV5096 release will sit alongside our SV5182 wines from our home block to showcase what we can do with Pinot Noir from these two sites. We feel that this 2019 release showcases the best expression of the Clayvin site and the stellar quality of the Pinot Noir from great sites in Marlborough.

Tasting Notes

This Pinot Noir exhibits a gorgeous perfumed fragrance of ripe raspberry and floral notes, with more brooding fruit and darker tones revealed underneath. The finely textured, silky tannins combine with vibrant flavours of ripe strawberries and omega plum with fantastic mid palate density. The palate carries onto more savoury and complex flavours and finishes with great line and length of finely grained supple tannin and well integrated oak. Bottled un-fined.

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2019 Vintage

James Suckling’s Top 100 NZ, Nick Stock – 97 Points
Trademark violet-like florals and an earthy edge to the ripe cherries and blueberries. There’s subtle complexity here, and this is a vintage of real fruit purity. The palate has a very impressively defined tannin weave with bright, gently tangy texture and a fresh, juicy core of red cherries and plums. The taut, fine tannin and crisp layering is a real feature. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

Sam Kim – 98 Points
It’s splendidly ripe and alluring on the nose with red and purple fruit, violet, subtle spice, game and toasted nut nuances, leading to a superbly concentrated palate displaying outstanding depth and power. Mouthfilling and seamless, yet magnificently structured by abundance of fine-grained tannins. Certified organic. At its best: 2024 to 2035

Cameron Douglas MS – 96 points
Youthful complex bouquet with a distinctive seam of minerality preceding aromas of ripe red berries, layers of oak spices and barrel ageing qualities. Black currant and dark cherry, raspberry and dried herb with a soft savoury layer adding complexity and breadth. Delicious on the palate – tense and young, vibrant, fresh and dry. Flavours mirror the bouquet accentuated by chalky tannins and acidity. Oak attributes layer in slowly, building structure and complexity as the wine relaxes in glass. Another outstanding example from the Flowerday team. Best drinking from 2023 through 2031+. Be quick!

Rebecca Gibb MW – 94 points
The 2019 Pinot Noir SV Clayvin is a layered, structured Pinot Noir offering a dark core of berry fruit and an abundance of tannin, derived from the region’s original hillside site. There’s ripe red and black cherry fruit, providing a sweet note to what is otherwise a serious, brooding style supported by high-quality French oak. The lengthy, savory finish is redolent of festive spices, licorice and black tea. This is thoughtful and thought-provoking, ageworthy Marlborough Pinot Noir.


2017 Vintage
Nick Stock – 97 points 
Complex, enticing and exciting bouquet of Pinot Noir. Subtle layers of spices and smoky wood tones, dark cherry, dried raspberry, black tea and dark rose perfume. Delicious on the palate – full of texture and charm, a core of fruit and specific oak focus, delicately smokey and whispers of brown spice. Abundant fine tannins, medium+ acidity and long persistent finish. An excellent example from a fine producer. Cellar worthy with best drinking from 2022 through 2028+.

Sam Kim – 97 points  
Seductively complex and sensually appealing, the wine shows sweet cherry, raspberry, floral and almond characters with nuances of bay leaf and fragrant spice. The palate exhibits exceptional concentration and depth together with seamless flow and multi-layered mouthfeel, backed by perfectly infused tannins, finishing magnificently long and polished. Immensely sophisticated and engaging. At its best: 2022 to 2032

Cameron Douglas MS – 97 points  
A totally captivating, perfumed and beguiling bouquet of Pinot Noir. Complex, layered and detailed aromas of red flowers and minerality, a quiet distant white truffle and mushroom scent then red fruits of plum and cherry, some raspberry and small red apple skin. The oak story is one of sweet clove and soft vanilla, a quiet brazil nut note and moderate toasty qualities. On the palate – equally complex and exciting will all the flavours described above now merging into one harmonious story-line. Chalky, moderately intense energised tannins with medium+ acidity provide the foundation adding complexity too. Long finish – a stunning example. Best enjoyed from early 2022 through 2030

Bob Campbell MW – 96 points – #2 of 125 –  2017 Pinot Noir from Marlborough. 
Intense, vibrant pinot noir with floral, violet, cherry, raspberry, fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. An impressive and distinctive wine with purity, and ethereal texture and power delivered with great subtlety. Can be appreciated now but should age splendidly.

Jane Skilton MW – 2017 Vintage
The vines were planted in 1991 and as they approach their 30th birthday are delivering fruit of density and weight with damson, raspberry and even some black cherry too. Oak is deftly handled so the wine retains the pure, bright Marlborough lift. A compelling wine that shows a strong sense of place.



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