Kokolo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Dark, deep ruby-red colour with slight purple hues. Lighter edged. This has an up-front, but concentrated and intense nose with aromas of ripe dark red cherries and raspberries along with soft herb nuances and a suggestion of spice. The primary fruit aromatics are prevalent. Medium-bodied, bright and sweetly rich and lusciously juicy flavours of dark red berry fruits and raspberry liqueur fill the palate, unfolding dark red florals and subtle dark herb nuances. The fruit is supported by fine-gained, supple tannins and moderate extraction, with integrated acidity. The sweet fruitiness is the feature and carries to a lingering, juicy, raspberry nuanced finish. This is a bright and juicy, up-front, dark raspberry-fruited Pinot Noir with fine and supple extraction. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 4-5 years. Clones 777, 667, 115, 5, 114, 375 and 10/5 from the ‘Kokolo’ vineyard at Charteris Bay, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermentation initiated to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new oak.
18.0/20
4 stars
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, August 2016

Kokolo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

It is sweetly expressed on the nose displaying dark cherry, plum, vanilla and mixed spice characters. The palate is succulent and rounded, and offers excellent fruit weight and intensity, beautifully framed by polished tannins. Wonderfully balanced and integrated with generous fruit flavours, this is highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2019.
93 points
5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2016

Kokolo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

The Pinot Noir is an elegant wine, characterised by its lightness and silky touch rather than by pronounced tannins; for this reason, I particularly enjoy this style because Pinot Noir is a grape that has naturally higher acidity than tannin and therefore it best suits a relatively medium bodied style.

Overall, I think that your wines show great promise (and arguably more than any that I have yet tasted from grapes grown on the Banks Peninsula). They are clean, fruit forward but interestingly savoury in taste as well as having a strong acid core that provides the backbone and power in them.
Joelle Thomson, December 2015

Kokolo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Light ruby-red colour with some purple hues, pale on edge. This has an elegant and finely presented nose with good intensity of red cherry fruit with notes of red liquorice, lifted by dark red florals, and entwined with spice and herbal elements. The aromatics are tightly bound and pretty. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly bound and slender in proportion with aromatic dark red cherry fruit flavours and red liquorice, along with floral lift and refreshing herb nuances. This is primary in expression. The wine follows a finely extracted line and the mouthfeel enlivened by crisp acidity, and is carried to a firm, lingering finish with cherry flavours. This is a crisp, refreshing cherry and red liquorice flavoured Pinot Noir with a tight, firm line. Match with poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. Clones 777, 667, 115, 5, 114, 375 and 10/5 from the ‘Lloyd’ and ‘Winton’ blocks of the ‘Kokolo’ vineyard, hand-picked, fully destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented with 90% whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in seasoned French oak.
17.0+/20
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, November 2015

Kokolo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Grapes were grown on Kokolo Vineyard at the head of the Lyttelton Harbour for this engaging pinot. Aromas of dark cherry, game, truffle, dried herb and clove on the nose. The palate is finely textured and focused with excellent fruit weight and rounded mouthfeel, well structured by plenty of polished tannins. Lovely poise and complexity, this would make a wonderful partner to rich, meaty dishes. At its best: now to 2020.
93 points
5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2015