Nose: A lovely varietal lift with a big red cherry and savoury cherry and strawberry fruits bouquet. Adding to the bouquet are the aromas of spicy French oak - toasty brown spices and savoury complexity.Palate: Reflects the nose with a warm, savoury and toasty feel, medium+ tannins, medium acid, medium + oak flavour. Balanced and well made. Drink now through 2013.
Gold – The New Zealand International Wine Show 2010Best in Class – Hawkes Bay A&P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards 2010Silver – Hawkes Bay A&P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards 2010
Best in Class – Hawkes Bay A&P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards 2011
4 Stars - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Warmer climate Pinot Noir typically produces a wine exhibiting more savoury earthy notes and mouthfilling structure. When it's grown in a cooler site in Hawkes Bay, we can capture a lot of the essential elements of good Pinot Noir, silkiness, perfume and complexity. In sites that are too warm, the wine can become hard, bitter, dull and without charm.Pinot from cooler climate, when it doesn't work can show overtly green unripe notes or overly fruity wines. They can lack structure, velvety texture and talciness that comes from the ripe fine grained tannins.
Where our Flying sheep range is focused on delivering clear varietal expressions from Hawke’s Bay, our Prestige Collection wines are produced in a form that allows us to showcase the inherent character of our vineyard. We believe our vineyard can deliver Pinot Noir that speaks of where it comes from. Classic red to black forest berry characters, blackcurrant and boysenberry. These same berry flavours dominate the entry onto the palate, and flow into a rich vein of fruit through the mid-palate. It’s the sense of place that comes form the minerality, chalkiness and more earthy characteristics we are looking to showcase in this wine. The palate is layered and will develop with time, finishing strongly with masculine fine grained tannin.