Gold Medal - WineNZ Magazine
Gold Medal - New World premium (>$25) awards
Limited to 285 cases
Our pinot noir has a lifted bouquet of dark cherry, plum and blue fruits with some hints of smoky oak. The ripe, silky palate is supported by soft supple tannin with a lovely line of acidity and a smoky, chocolatey, oak finish. Drink now or cellar up to five years.
|Country||New Zealand||Region||Banks, Peninsula, Canterbury||Vineyard||Kokolo Vineyard, Teddington, Lyttelton Harbour||Block||Lloyd & Winton||Variety||Pinot Noir||Year||2016||Harvest Date||April 2016||Brix at Harvest||24.1||Viticulturist(s)||Cliff Woods and the Pattinson family||Soils||Loessial||Winemakers||Dom Maxwell and Gavin Tait||Colour||Dark, ruby-red colour with some purple hues.||Bouquet||Lifted bouquet of dark cherry, plum and blue fruits with some hints of smoky oak||Palate||Ripe, silky palate is supported by soft supple tannin with a lovely line of acidity and a smoky, chocolatey, oak finish||Cellaring||Up to 5 years||Analysis||Residual Sugar: NA
TA: 8.24 g/L
Alcohol: 14% v/v (8.3 Standard drinks)
Even, dark ruby-red colour with some youthful purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has an intense nose with good depth and elegantly concentrated aromas of dark-red berry fruit with subtle notes of blackberries entwined with dark herbs, unveiling violet florals, along with nuances of liquorice and nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a moderately concentrated and deeply packed heart with flavours of dark-red berry fruit and raspberry liqueur notes, along with black-berried fruits and subtle dark herb and liquorice nuances. The fruit is supported by light, fine-grained tannin extraction and structure with integrated acidity. The wine carries along a fine line, leading to a lingering finish of liquorice and spices. This is a moderately concentrated Pinot Noir with well-packed flavours of dark-red berry and raspberry fruit with hints of herbs and liquorice on a fine-structured palate. Match with lamb and beef dishes over the next 5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Kokolo’ vineyard, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new French oak. 17.5+/20. Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – January 2018.
The inviting bouquet shows dark berry, smoked meat, vanilla, dark mushroom and mixed spice aromas, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that is smooth and fruit expressive with subtle savoury nuances. The wine is wonderfully balanced and harmonious, and finishes long and silky. At its best: now to 2020. 93 points. 5 stars. Wine Orbit - January 2018.
Wow. Here’s one ultra-juicy, exotically-scented, super-charged pinot noir from under the southern sun. Kokolo is a vineyard on a sheltered site at the head of Lyttleton and clearly the grapes live the dream there, because the resulting wine is a smile in a bottle. Fresh, luscious, spice-infused and dusted with cocoa, it’s tannins are plucky and plush and it lingers long in the mouth. Love it. 5 stars. Yvonne Lorkin – Winefriend.