Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, and youthful in appearance. The nose is full with robust and vigorous aromas of rich, ripe, dark-red and blackberry fruit with black cherries and layers of savoury dark herbs, whole cluster stalk detail, in an amalgam with violet florals. Complexing earth and balsamic nuances add to the aromatic array. Medium-full bodied, lusciously rich and succulent flavours of ripe, dark red berry and blackberry fruit are intermixed with complex layers of spices, dark red florals, oak cedar, whole bunch stalk and herbal detail, along with balsamic, earth and nutty oak elements. The flavours are mouthfilling and near robust, the sweetness and vibrancy balanced by fine-grained, but significant structure and grip, and bright acidity. The flavours continue to blossom as the wine leads to a powerful, textured, lingering finish. This is a very rich and succulent, multi-faceted black-fruited Pinot Noir with layers of complexing flavours, and plenty of structure and dimension.
Perhaps the most accessible of all the 2014 single vineyard Escarpment pinot noirs with plum and berry flavours, plus a strong influence of chocolate and vanilla oak character. The wine exhibits real power, showing considerable length. A moderately firm structure with the potential to cellar well.
Medium ruby colored, the 2014 Te Rehua Pinot Noir displays a gorgeous core of cherries, pomegranate and forest floor with wild thyme and lavender hints. Crisp, firm and chewy in the mouth, it offers elegant fruit with great intensity, going savory/earthy in the long finish. (LPB)
This and the Kupe are the only wines in the range to show much oak influence and in this case it isn't subtle though to be fair it's not so much as to dominate the plum, dark pinot fruit and exotic spice nuances. The good news regarding the wood is that there is so much mid-palate density, thanks to the copious amount of dry extract, it will enable it to eventually be absorbed. The wood treatment aside, otherwise there is a velvety and sleek mouth feel to the medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by firm and dusty tannins on the robust finale. This is presently somewhat youthfully awkward and will require a few years to harmonize though there is every reason to be optimistic about how this should evolve. Note however that at least 8 to 10 years will be required for this powerful effort to arrive at its apogee. *Outstanding*
Robust and intense, with plenty of fresh earth notes, muscular tannins and smoky tea, rosemary and roasted plum flavors. Complex and generous on the finish, ending harmoniously. (MW)
From the Barton vineyard with 23-year-old vines on alluvial gravels, many clones, high-density planting. Hand harvested, fermented with ambient yeast. Total maceration time 24 days with hand-plunging in open-top wooden fermenters. Aged in French oak for 18 months, 30% new. Fined with egg white, unfiltered. TA 5.5 g/l, pH 3.52. A little darker fruited than the Kiwa, peppery. The oak very much in the background. Dark and brooding with that same refined chalky texture and lots of freshness. Very dry and fine-boned on the palate and needs time to become more expressive. Super-dry finesse in the tannins. (JH) 17.5/20 points
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