It is impressively fruited and delightfully fragrant on the nose showing spiced cherry, blueberry compote, violet, thyme and toasted almond characters. The palate delivers excellent concentration and weight, brilliantly enhanced by lovely fruit purity and rounded mouthfeel. Richly fruited and attractively savoury at the same time. At its best: now to 2022.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2018
The Half Acre vineyard grows on a north-facing, sun-soaked site located on the southern flank of Lyttleton Harbour. Vibrant wild berry and hedgerow aromas lead to a palate awash with spice and smoky notes. The tannins have grip which get the saliva glands going and it’s long, long, long on the finish.
Yvonne Lorkin – Winefriend
Even, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the edge. The nose is a little restrained with tightly bound and delicate fruit aromas of dark-red berry fruit entwined with hints of blackberries and black plums, along with subtle spicy oak, unfolding an amalgam of raspberry liqueur and violet florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with a refined and well-bound core of dark-red and black-berried fruits. Flavours of liquorice, dark herbs and violet florals add interest and detail. The palate possesses very fine-grained tannin extraction and structure, and the wine carries smoothly along a velvety line, leading to a long, lingering finish. This is an elegant and refined, concentrated Pinot Noir with ripe dark-red and black fruits with violet florals on a fine-grained, linear palate. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 6+ years. Fruit from the ‘Half Acre’ vineyard, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new French oak.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – January 2018
This grapes in this wine were grown in Lyttelton, which is halfway down the South Island on the east coast of New Zealand. It’s a far flung place for growing fruit, even from the nearby city of Christchurch city, whose residents look north rather than east for the best local produce, but it is a beautiful getaway and a surprisingly successful one for the small Half Acre Vineyard, on the south of Lyttelton Harbour crater. This is the source of the Pinot Noir grapes in this wine. They growing facing north where they are drenched in sun on the warm slopes of a vineyard first planted in 2000. It’s an outstanding wine; revealing the earthy, mushroomy, dark cherry character of Canterbury Pinot Noirs; its medium body and firm acidity add freshness to the beautiful ripe fruit flavours in this wine. The name comes from the original buoy that marked the entrance to this harbour.
Joelle Thomson, RNZ Radio wine commentator
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.
Yvonne Lorkin – Winefriend
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.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - January 2018
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.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, January 2018
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.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, August 2016
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.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2016
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
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.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, November 2015
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.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2015