94/100 – Bob Campbell MW
94+/100 – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front (2013 vintage)
“Complex pinot noir with an array of flavours including coffee, plum, rhubarb, mixed spice, cedar and toasty oak characters. A richly-textured wine showing appealing ‘forest floor’ and ‘beef tea’ bottle development.” – Bob Campbell MW
Tasting Note: Juicy red-cherries and raspberries for a gorgeous sweet palate entry. Vibrant savoury notes of dried herbs, earthiness and a hint of chocolate. Show-stopping in its effortless intensity and infinite purity. This wine is persistent and balanced, keeping the tannin and acidity interlinked right the way through to the last sip with an excellent freshness. A powerful and rich portrayal of Burgundy’s greatest varietal with Hans’ signature silky texture. A complex, masculine style of Pinot Noir which makes this a very special wine and one to keep for the ages. Tasted Sept 2020.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were given four days to cold-soak before a natural wild yeast initiation of the ferment. The wine spent 24 days on skins before being pressed and transferred into 20% new French Allier barriques for malolactic fermentation and further aging for 20 months. Unfined & unfiltered to retain the great flavours. Natural sediments may show.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
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