"Novum is a hot new wine brand from Marlborough. You are forgiven if you haven’t heard of Novum, they’ve only released two wines from the 2016 vintage with a third due for release shortly. I awarded a score of 94-points to their 2016 Novum Pinot Noir and gave the 2016 Novum Syrah 95-points. That’s an impressive tally for a first effort.
Novum is the brainchild of Will and Rachel Hoare. Will started as a cellar hand and left as General Manager of Fromm after 19 years. Will’s family were among Marlborough’s very first contract grape growers and still own around 40-hectares of vineyards on land purchased in 1977/78. They are Cloudy Bay’s oldest grower.
Novum has a simple philosophy. They buy small parcels of grapes from established vineyards in special sites to make the very best wine they can. Will’s experience and wide network of grower contacts in Marlborough puts him in a unique position to make his dream a reality." - Bob Campbell