2016 Clayvin Pinot Noir SV5096
This is a very limited release, so we have limited the maximum purchase quantity of this wine to 6 bottles per customer.
This is our first release of a Pinot Noir we have made from the esteemed Clayvin vineyard, and we have labelled it under our SV5096 designation which recognises it’s organic certification and it’s 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 very special Pinot sites. We feel that this 2016 release showcases the best expression of the Clayvin site and the stellar quality of Pinot Noir from Marlborough in 2016.
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.
Cameron Douglas – 98 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+.
Bob Campbell – 97 points – Number #1 Ranked Marlborough Pinot Noir May 2019
Hauntingly aromatic Pinot Noir with plum, black cherry, anise and spicy oak flavours. An absolute delight to taste a wine with such impressive power that’s delivered with great subtlety. It has an ethereal texture and very lengthy finish. A classy wine from an iconic Marlborough vineyard.
Jamie Goode – 96 points
Dark, muscular and brooding but also with real beauty. Black cherries, plums and spice, with good structure and focus. Lots of ripe black fruit but also good structure and intensity, and good acidity. Still very youthful with density to it, but lots of potential. Thrilling wine with massive potential.
Matthew Jukes – “The finest NZ PIN I have tasted in a long while. Epic work from a brilliant vineyard”
Sam Kim – 97 points
We are indeed blessed with the release of this latest rendition from one of the country’s best pinot vineyards. The bouquet shows heady fragrance of dark berry, sweet raspberry, olive, violet, cedar and subtle game aromas, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate that is concentrated and seamlessly flowing. The wine is wonderfully framed by fine, mouth-coating tannins, finishing extremely long and expansive. At its best: 2020 to 2028.