96 POINTS: A selection of eight from a total of 700 barrels produced from grapes grown in Akarua’s Cairnmuir Road vineyard. Aromatic and concentrated pinot noir with ripe plum, dark cherry, thyme, anise and spicy oak flavours. Smooth-textured wine with a peppery tannic backbone.
97 POINTS: Varietal, youthful, specific and captivating bouquet with voices of place and fruit, a steely raw energy, very specific barrel use with spice white smoke qualities. There's a je ne sais quoi attribute as well - a certain synergy of floral and mineral. A core of fruit and sweet oak flavours on the palate; spices, white smoke, flowers and in harmony. Long finish, complex and excellent. Best window for drinking 2020 through 2030.
96 POINTS: Attractively scented, concentrated and elegant pinot noir with ripe plum, dark cherry, thyme, anise and spicy oak flavours. A silken-textured wine with a structure of peppery tannins giving a pleasantly drying finish. Good now but with obvious potential.