2016 Pinot Noir
All winemakers are a bit obsessed with Pinot Noir, because it is the most challenging variety to grow and to make and very unforgiving of mistakes. For our style of Pinot Noir we prefer the flavour profiles from the southern side of Marlborough. These soil types are much older than the Wairau flood plain and have lower fertility and a much higher clay component which gives the wines more depth and structure.
This 2016 release is a blend from two vineyards – our TWR home block and a small, hillside Omaka Valley block – Rawiri which is owned by our dear friends – Dave and Chris Eatwell. We were very excited to be able to procure some fruit from the Rawiri block as we have seen the quality it has produced over a number of years. 2016 was a stellar vintage in Marlborough which is typified by the resultant blend. It has great fruit weight and power, with the depth of flavour and complexity. The wine has a great approachable fleshiness but also the line and length for some serious cellaring.
This Pinot Noir exhibits gorgeous, fragrant notes of ripe strawberry and omega plum with hints of baking spice, mocha, and some complex savoury undertones. The fleshy, silky tannins combine with vibrant flavours of omega plum and strawberry. The palate has serious weight and flows from fruit purity into more savoury and complex flavours. The wine has great fleshiness and depth and finishes with a lingering persistence of fruit, fine tannin and well integrated oak. Bottled un-fined and with minimal filtration.
Cameron Douglas MS – 95 Points
Distinctive, pure aromas of Pinot Noir with pressed red roses, raspberry and dark cherry, dark red apple skin and crushed rock mineral core. Aromas of baking spices and toasty wood add complexity, depth and allure. Dry on the palate with flavours of red berries, cherries, mineral and wood. Youthful with firm tannin and acid voices suggesting some cellar time still in play. Persistent, pure, youthful and yummy! Decant for service. Best drinking from 2020 through 2028.
Mike Bennie – 92 Points
Spicy as! Clove, cinnamon, spiced cherries, with some raspberry/red berry fruitiness in tow. The palate is quite sinewy, hemmed with good-dusty tannins, quite restrained, leaner and dustysavoury fruit profile, tightly wound and finishes long and squeaky. Structured, serious expression here.
Bob Campbell MW – 93 Points
Bright, fresh and flavoursome Pinot Noir with cherry, raspberry, red rose and spicy oak with a suggestion of savoury and dried herb character.