94 Points - James Suckling
"I really like the flower and red fruits here that flow across the palate. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a reserved finish. Very classy. Drink or hold." James Suckling

94 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
"Complex and concentrated bouquet of plums and vanilla, blackberry fruits and clove, fresh leather, smoky oak and violets. There’s compote quality, a freshness and power. The softer merlot textures touch the palate first with cacao and chocolate, plums and spices that follow. The cabernet delivers power and back bone, , blackberry and baked bell-pepper, some tobacco and more violets. Delicious and new, complex and dry, lengthy and well made. Best drinking from 2025 through 2034+." Cameron Douglas

94 Points -Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
It's gorgeously ripe and lifted on the nose, showing blackcurrant, tobacco, cedary oak, tar and mixed spice aromas, leading to a wonderfully flavoursome palate delivering excellent weight and plump mouthfeel. Well structured by beautifully infused tannins, it's bold yet stylish with a persistent robust finish." Sam Kim

4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper
"From estate-grown vines over 30 years old, the 2020 vintage of this Waipara Valley, North Canterbury red is a Merlot-based blend, with smaller portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (15 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is full-bodied and rich, with generous, vibrant plum, blackcurrant and spice flavours, supple tannins and a wellrounded finish. Still very youthful. " Michael Cooper

The wine has a deep, ruby colour. The merlot has provided purple plum flavours and a plump, fleshy, mid-palate structure. Cassis elements and a backbone of mouth-filling, ripe tannins come from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Small portions of Cabernet Franc and malbec donate an ethereal, lifted bouquet, the latter giving a whiff of rose petals, as well as filling out the structure and adding to its length. It is a big, dense, chewy wine, which expands in the mouth and has a lingering, spicy after-taste.




New Zealand




Pinot Noir


Light, elegant reds


Matt Donaldson





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Food Match:

Duck, game, Chicken


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