Moderately deep ruby-red colour with slight garnet hues, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is elegant in proportion with good volume and depth of harmoniously interwoven aromas of red cherry and berry fruit along with savoury dried and dark herbs, and complexing whole bunch stalk perfumes. Nuances of undergrowth add interest. Medium-bodied, the palate has lively and up-front flavours of savoury red cherry and berry fruit intermixed with subtle notes of dark and dried herbs and whole bunch stalk elements and complexing undergrowth. The mouthfeel is enlivened by crisp acidity and the fruit is underlined by dry, fine-grained tannin extraction. This has good linearity, with the flavours receding as the wine carries to a light, nuanced finish. This is a lively, up-front Pinot Noir with savoury red fruits, herbal, secondary undergrowth and whole bunch flavours on a fine-structured palate. Match with wild duck and pork dishes over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the Cromwell Basin, fermented with 30% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels.
Superbly complex and savoury, this engaging pinot shows lifted aromas of dried cherry, smoked game, mushroom and warm spice on the nose with hints of cedar and thyme. The palate is concentrated and delightfully fruited with silky texture and spicy undertones, finishing persistent and refined. A beautifully maturing pinot with elegance and intrigue. At its best: now to 2020. www.nevisbluff.co.nz.
Wine Orbit March 2018. 94 Points.